With Lafayette’s recent expansion into North Third Street and future offices on Centre Square, transportation and pedestrian safety from College Hill to downtown has become more important than ever.

Over the next two years, the College’s Travelways Improvement Plan will upgrade key gateways, corridors, and intersections to connect the main campus, the Williams Arts Campus, and Easton’s business district.

The impacted area will consist of Lafayette’s busiest traffic section. Starting at North Third Street (College Avenue) and Snyder Street, it extends north along McCartney Street to the intersection with High Street. It will go the length of High Street west to Sullivan Drive and east to Cattell Street.

Travelways Improvement Plan

Connecting Town and Gown

The improvements will begin and end at the main gateways to campus - North Third Street from Route 22 (above) and the intersection of McCartney and High streets.

The goal is to provide a safe pedestrian, vehicle, and bike route for students, faculty, residents, and visitors up and down the hill, even in winter.

“We want to make this the safest, easiest transportation route for everyone throughout the year,” says Maurice Luker, executive director of corporate, foundation and government relations.

The plan calls for traffic controls such as curb bump outs and center islands, sidewalk and crosswalk improvements, ADA ramps, new signage, bike lanes and bike racks, better lighting, benches, and landscaping.

In July, Lafayette was awarded a $1.1 million grant from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority for the first phase of the plan, which will focus on North Third Street and the intersection of High and McCartney streets. Lafayette will provide a 30 percent match to the public funding, bringing the total investment to $1,443,238. Construction will begin within one year and completion is anticipated by the end of 2018. All work will be conducted on public right-of-ways.

Take a Walk in Easton

Improving the Arts Trail

Easton recently received $250,000 from the state's Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to erect a pedestrian bridge connecting the Karl Stirner Arts Trail to the Simon Silk Mill. The 2.5-mile trail runs adjacent to campus and serves as both a source of exercise and a location for student and faculty art. The city also received $128,697 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to improve pedestrian walkability and bicycle safety along the 13th Street corridor at the other end of the arts trail.

Explore the arts trail