Two Way Conversions
Two-way street conversions have been considered for several years as part of the City’s efforts to support downtown as a place of activity, not just as a pass-through route. Cities across the country have seen firsthand the benefits of shifting to two-way streets and introducing more multi-modal transportation options. Two-way streets are also easier to navigate and help reduce speeds in residential neighborhoods.
This summer and fall, work will continue on the two-way conversions and bring us significantly closer to a more consistent two-way network.
- 2nd Avenue SE, from 1st Street to 7th Street
- 3rd Avenue SE, from 3rd Street to 8th Street
- 4th and 5th Avenue SE, from 3rd Street to 5th Street
2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue: Pavement rehabilitation, pedestrian improvements, and traffic signal modification or removals. New pavement markings will be applied to support two-way travel.
4th and 5th Avenue: Asphalt overlay and new pavement markings to support two-way travel. Storm sewer improvements will also take place on 5th Street. The project will also include intersection bump-outs.
- 2nd Avenue: Summer of 2017 – Spring of 2018
- 3rd Avenue: 2018
- 4th and 5th Avenue: Summer of 2017 – Summer of 2018
Pedestrian / Bike Improvements:
- Intersection bump-outs decrease the walking distance pedestrians need when crossing the street.
- Sidewalk ramp updates to meet current ADA standards (Americans with Disabilities Act).
- Traditional bike lanes added to 2nd and 4th Avenues. Parallel parking maintained.
- Protected bike lanes with parallel parking added to 3rd Avenue.
- Signal upgrades: 2nd Avenue at 7th Street and 8th Street
- Traffic signal removals under consideration: 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street, 3rd Street, and 5th Street; as well as on 3rd Avenue at 3rd Street and 5th Street
Wellington Heights Projects
- 2nd and 3rd Ave SE, from 12th – 19th St SE
- Project description: Will include bike lanes, on-street parking, pedestrian improvements, and traffic signal modifications
- Anticipated timeline: 2017 – 2018
2nd and 3rd Avenue West Project
- 2nd and 3rd Avenue SW, from 6th Street SW to 3rd Ave/5th Ave SW
- Project description: will include upgrading signals at 6th Street SW, bike lane, and on-street parking
- Anticipated timeline: 2017
Continued collaboration with Union Pacific Railroad means that safety improvements will also take place this year at the railroad crossings,
including the construction of new arms and gates. These are necessary to support two-way traffic and will also help secure a quiet zone. UPRR will coordinate these improvements at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Avenues.
Benefits of Two-Way Travel:
- Support for residential, downtown living
- Increase in retail
- Increase in pedestrian safety and activity
- Slower traffic speeds
- Opportunity to bike, drive, or walk
Pedestrian Safety | Painted Islands
- Reduces walking distance for pedestrians.
- Increases visibility for those trying to cross the street.
Protected Bike Lanes on 3rd Avenue
- 3rd Avenue is a primary bicycle route and cuts through the core of downtown, making it an ideal location for the addition of bike lanes.
- The new lanes also connect to already existing bike lanes on 3rd Avenue, closing the gaps in our bike network.
- Protected bike lanes come with many safety benefits. Learn more about Protected Bike Lanes and other pavement markings
- Traffic volumes have decreased downtown. Those visiting downtown are often traveling to a destination, not as a pass-through route.
- The signals in the downtown area that are being removed do not meet traffic warrants, which means traffic could be accommodated comfortably by stop signs.
- Stop signs also help eliminate unnecessary idling and the yielding that comes with waiting for oncoming traffic.
Download a FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions - Two Way Conversions_10-7-15.pdf
- Download a rendering of downtown improvements