Madison Avenue Road Diet Feasibility Study
City of Albany, Albany County, New York
The City of Albany teamed with Creighton Manning to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a road diet along portions of Madison and Western Avenues. The study analyzed 14 signalized intersections to quantify the impact of the reduced number of travel lanes. Creighton Manning was the prime consultant responsible for traffic engineering and transportation planning required to evaluate the potential impacts. Potential benefits and impacts to passenger vehicles, bicycles, transit vehicles, and pedestrians were identified. The preferred alternative includes re-striping Madison Avenue to provide a three-lane section and upgrade traffic signals where necessary to create a coordinated signal system in the study area. This alternative has multiple options to accommodate bicycle traffic. The analysis included accident history evaluation, traffic signal modeling for five alternatives, and cost estimates for the preferred alternative.