Springfield Avenue: Street Design

Key Stats


Township of Union


Union, NJ

Key Staff

David Lustberg, Principal in Charge
James Ribaudo, Project Manager
James Bykowski, Designer

Design Team

Arterial, Maser Consulting

Project Status

Completed 2019

Total Project Size

Seven City Blocks

Construction Cost



Capital Improvement Plan

Point of Contact

Tammie Kopin-Espinoza, Asst. Business Administrator, 908.851.8500, tkopin@uniontownship.com


The Vauxhall neighborhood is a vibrant and active area within the Township of Union. Within Vauxhall is Springfield Avenue, the commercial core and community hub. Springfield Avenue serves two, often conflicting, purposes. First, it is the commercial core of the neighborhood, used by community members for their day-to-day needs including socializing, dining, grocery shopping, access to transit and more. Second, Springfield Avenue is a regional arterial road, carrying a significant volume of vehicles between Maplewood, Union, Irvington and Newark. As with many regional arterial streets, the Springfield Avenue corridor has struggled to create a vibrant and inviting pedestrian environment while accommodating heavy vehicular traffic volumes.

Arterial was approached by the Township of Union to analyze the corridor and make a series of recommendations to create an inviting and safe pedestrian environment and begin to help transform this corridor into a vibrant community hub. A ‘Capital Improvements Plan’ was developed that outlined a series of improvements including a new gateway sign, branded furniture, sidewalk improvements, lighting, furniture, public art, traffic calming, roadway striping, wayfinding signage and other elements. The plans were communicated through a collection of color renderings and precedent images, a phasing approach, order of magnitude costs and other elements that will aid the township in pursuing outside funding sources and grant opportunities.