Trans Associates performed a study to evaluate the safety and flow patterns of pedestrian traffic within the Livingston Avenue corridor, adjacent to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Campus located in the City of Columbus, OH. The extent of the study area included a 1.0-mile segment of Livingston Avenue between S 4th Street and S 18th Street consisting of numerous unsignalized and signalized intersections and pedestrian crosswalks servicing components of the NCH campus.The study analyzed and evaluated the following:
- Existing crosswalk location efficiency relative to existing and forecasted development patterns within the Livingston Avenue corridor;
- Existing pedestrian safety accommodations based upon observed pedestrian and vehicular traffic data; and
- The relative impact of the proposed development/expansion of NCH facilities (within 10 years) on parking and pedestrian traffic patterns/accommodations.
Upon conclusion of the study, Trans Associates recommended numerous geometric and traffic control improvements to increase pedestrian safety and driver awareness. Examples included installation of a median refuge island, thermoplastic crosswalk markings, Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) assemblies, new ADA ramps and sidewalk connections.