Brighton Monroe Avenue
Town of Brighton
What was the challenge?
Through the use of rain gardens, vegetated swales, and the introduction of permeable paving surfaces, the Town of Brighton has retrofitted the Monroe Avenue corridor with cohesive and sustainable green technologies. The project merged stormwater management, urban ecology, and active design into a plan for a complete urban corridor environment that integrates transit use and active transportation, thereby reducing consumption of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
How did Barton & Loguidice provide a solution?
The Town of Brighton is purposefully evolving as a sustainable community by prioritizing energy conservation, natural resource protection, and waste reduction. Reintegrating natural systems into an urbanized area enhances the environment by filtering stormwater; reducing the heat island effect; creating wildlife habitat; and inviting people to walk, bike, and enjoy their beautiful neighborhoods. Green infrastructure improvements provide real ecological, economic, and social benefits.
Site improvements near the main campus of the Brighton Central School District addressed both pedestrian safety and environmental sustainability. Improvements included re-locating sidewalks away from busy streets, widening the sidewalks to 7 feet to accommodate shared use, using porous concrete to reduce stormwater runoff, implementing rain gardens that enhance stormwater management and serve as a buffer between cars and people, and creating an improved pedestrian realm to encourage walking and riding.
Why was the project a success?
The green infrastructure practices used along Monroe Avenue have significantly reduced impervious surfaces and decreased pollutant loading to Allen's Creek and Buckland Creek. In addition, localized flooding and drainage issues have been addressed, and new sidewalk construction has improved pedestrian mobility and ADA compliance. The new rain gardens utilize native plant species that are adaptive to urban conditions. Four-season visual interest and biodiversity have been improved, further encouraging pedestrian use of the corridor. The project integrates transit use and active transportation, which reduces fossil fuel consumption and GHG emissions. Lastly, streetscape enhancements at key transit stops encourage transit use and establish a design vocabulary along the corridor.