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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is guided and directed to prepare and document a project Purpose and Need in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Pennsylvania Act 120 of 1970. Identifying the Purpose and Need of a transportation project is important because it justifies a public expense and explains what is to be accomplished and why it is necessary. A Need for a transportation improvement is typically a tangible, fact-based problem.

Potential improvement concepts will be evaluated based on the Study Needs and the Improvement Considerations. The development of the needs and the identification of the Improvement Considerations is based on technical information and analysis, and input from stakeholder outreach conducted to date. The study team considered various modes of travel and collected technical information, such as, traffic counts, congestion and travel demand. Other factors, such as economic development and safety are also being studied.

Study Purpose
The purpose of the study is to complete an extensive analysis of the corridor (S.R. 4034), utilizing traffic data and involving stakeholders, to identify future projects that will improve safety, improve congestion, increase compliance with applicable current design standards, improve mobility throughout the corridor, and support existing and future economic development initiatives.

Study Needs
The Bayfront Parkway Corridor Study Needs Analysis was completed in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Needs Study Handbook for the Transportation Project Development Process (Publication Number 319) dated December 2010. The needs describe a problem in the study area and, to the extent possible, explain the underlying causes of those problems.
•  Safety concerns exist in the study area. (Click for more details)
•  There are congestion concerns in the study area. (Click for more details)
•  There are operational concerns in the study area. (Click for more details)
•  Alternative modes are lacking parallel to the Bayfront (east/west).
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•  Transportation connections for all modes between Downtown Erie and
the Bayfront (north/south) are lacking.
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Improvement Considerations
Improvement considerations are design elements to consider when developing improvement options to address the project needs. These elements are based upon input provided by the PAC and public, existing data collected, and specific site conditions.

•  Consistent with Local Planning Guidance (Destination Erie: A Regional Vision,
City of Erie Comprehensive Plan: Background Analysis Principles;
Erie Waterfront Master Plan)
•  Maximize Land Use (Consolidate Parking, Brownfield Utilization, etc.)
•  Enhances Aesthetics
•  Supports Livability by improving pedestrian and bicycle access
•  Accommodates Emergency Service/Incident Management Access
•  Accommodates Event Access and Mobility
•  Enhances Travel Communication/Intelligence
•  Minimizes Environmental Impacts (Property Impacts,
Natural Resources, Cultural Resources)
•  Ability to Maintain Improvement
•  Total Project Costs/Available Funding