Trinity Health System Sidewalk Connector

Trinity Health System leases two buildings on opposite sides of Victor Parkway, a city street between Seven Mile and Eight Mile roads in Livonia, Michigan. Trinity planned to have employees walk between the two buildings by crossing Victor Parkway, however, a pedestrian connection did not exist to cross the parkway in a safe manner. Trinity contracted with NFE to prepare a feasibility report for the construction of a sidewalk connector route between the two properties.

 

After careful investigation, and with input from both Trinity and the City of Livonia Engineering Department, NFE proposed a “mid-block” cross-walk on Victor Parkway. NFE designed the cross-walk using a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) signage system, due to the curvilinear geometry of the parkway. Also with this type of signal, it remains dark unless activated by a pedestrian, minimizing traffic interruptions. The RRFB system was implemented using solar power. Construction consisted of new sidewalk and ADA ramps, cross-walk paint, pushbutton, additional site lighting and advance-warning signage. To accommodate the route, some landscape trees were removed to improve site lines, and some landscape beds were reconfigured.

 

The sidewalk connector was installed at the end of 2016, and today Trinity Health System’s employees can walk to both buildings safely crossing Victor Parkway.

 

For more information, please contact Brett Buchholz at 248-332-7931 or bbuchholz@nfe-engr.com.