Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading national planning, engineering, architecture and interior design firm, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract from the City of Dayton, Ohio to develop a transportation strategy for the Greater Rubicon Corridor. The planning and design team, which includes local transportation consultant The Lakatos Group, will engage stakeholders and incorporate existing plans from surrounding institutions and neighborhoods to develop a study that will define a vision for development of transportation solutions in the Rubicon area. The study will incorporate context sensitive and sustainable design elements to address usage of the corridor by automobiles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders.

"The multiplicity of intense land uses, such as Miami Valley Hospital and the University of Dayton, and transportation routes of various configurations and capacities, present issues as well as opportunities for an exciting urban experience like none other in this region," stated Craig Southerington, Department of Planning & Community Development, City of Dayton.

The study area is bounded by US-35, South Park, Woodland Cemetery, the University of Dayton, the south corporation line and the Great Miami River. A stakeholders group has been formed and will be comprised of representatives from the City of Dayton, CityWide Development Corporation, University of Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital, Montgomery County Fairgrounds Board, Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association, Rubicon Park Business Association and Historic South Park.

"By utilizing a holistic planning approach which engages the City of Dayton as well as key stakeholders from the area, the resulting study will more efficiently align with existing plans and address the transportation and development needs of the corridor," stated Paul Gruner, P.E., transportation principal, Gresham, Smith and Partners. "Our team aims to develop a vision that appropriately addresses the needs from a mobility and community standpoint while supporting the goal to create a unique community image that encourages living, working and playing in the area."

GS&P is also currently working with the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District, stakeholders, and the public to design a complete streets improvement for Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road. The completed project will dramatically improve capacity and safety for motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists using the road including students attending the adjacent Milford High School and Milford Junior High School.