Lake George GatewayJuly 7, 2017
The Town of Lake George retained Chazen to assist the community in developing a new vision for Route 9, the gateway to this tourist destination, with the goal of transforming a sea of pavement to a Complete Green Street. The Vision Plan identified traffic calming measures including a planted median, mid-block pedestrian signals/crossing, permeable pavements, native plantings and other green infrastructure techniques. The Plan was successful in securing community support and over $7M in construction funding.
Chazen engineers and landscape architects subsequently supported the project preparing design documents and plans, specifications and estimates. Chazen’s principal role in stormwater collection and conveyance systems is to incorporate green infrastructure practices that conform to NYSDOT design criteria. Green infrastructure practices included the use of tree boxes fitted with infiltration systems to capture and treat all runoff from newly installed pedestrian systems. Tree grates also utilized non-conventional “flexi-pave”, a porous treatment. Landscape elements were developed to aide in traffic calming and create a gateway affect utilizing native species. Center island medians were utilized for traffic calming and to provide pedestrian refuge. The design process was expedited by NYSDOT in order to secure/retain capital project funding and maintain an aggressive/expedited construction schedule. Chazen services included environmental screening in support of the design document, public outreach/meeting facilitation, stormwater analysis, design and permitting and landscape architecture services.