In response to a study by the City of Cincinnati to convert East McMillan Street from one-way to two-way traffic, Saint Ursula Academy solicited the planning and civil engineering expertise of Bayer Becker to offer site-specific solutions that would respond to the new traffic patterns. Safety was the ultimate driver for design, as students cross McMillan Street several times a day to access facilities across the high school’s sprawling campus.
Bayer Becker worked closely with the city’s traffic engineering department, as well as Saint Ursula staff and alumni, to present pedestrian-friendly modifications to the public infrastructure. Suggestions included raised intersections to slow traffic, street “bump-ins” to limit crosswalk length, traffic and pedestrian signal modifications, and access control to parking facilities. The city’s two-way conversion study is still ongoing, and Bayer Becker continues to work with Saint Ursula Academy on safety strategies to respond accordingly.