The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) asked NV5 to develop a solution to the existing mid-block crosswalk on Route 71 at Monmouth University, which created capacity and safety problems. Our solution was an underpass that included ramps designed to minimize visual impacts to the setting and that also were compatible with the Nationally Registered Historic context of the campus. The tunnel pathways were enhanced with plazas that not only formalize the entranceways but also act as gathering places for students.
Material enhancements which reflect treatments from historic structures on campus included concrete paver walkways, cast stone elements, decorative balustrade walls, decorative fencing, ceramic tile, and bronze hand railings. This project required extensive coordination efforts between NV5, NJDOT, Monmouth University, the NJ State Historic Preservation Office, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Not only has the tunnel created a safe passage for the thousands of students who used to have to cross the heavily-traveled Route 71 corridor, it also serves as a focal point that connects the previously divided activity centers of the campus. The total construction cost of the project was $4M.