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Two Way Conversions

Two-way street conversions have been considered for several years as part of the City’s efforts to Thumbnail of mapsupport downtown as a place of rejuvenated development, not just as a pass-through route. Two-way streets, bike lanes, transit options, and pedestrian facilities have been intentionally incorporated to support the ongoing development of the downtown. Two-way streets are also easier to navigate and help reduce speeds. 

This summer and fall, work will continue on the two-way conversions and bring us significantly closer to a more consistent two-way network.

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Downtown Projects

  • 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.

Anticipated Timelines:

  • 2nd Avenue: Summer of 2017 – Spring of 2018
  • 3rd Avenue: 2018 - 2019 
  • 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.

Traffic Signals Removals

  • 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street, 3rd Street, 5th Street, 7th Street, and 8th Street SE; and 1st Street SW
  • 3rd Avenue at 3rd Street and 5th Street

Wellington Heights Projects 

  • 2nd SE, from 12th - 19th St SE
  • 3rd Ave SE, from 12th – 19th St SE
  • Project description: Will include bike lanes, on-street parking, pedestrian improvements, and traffic signal modifications
Anticipated Timelines:
  • 2nd Avenue: 2017
  • 3rd Avenue: 2018 - 2019 

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 Timelines:
  • 3rd Avenue: 2017
  • 2nd Avenue: 2018

Railroad Crossings
Continued collaboration with Union Pacific Railroad means that safety improvements will also take place this year and next 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.

Anticipated Timelines:

  • 2nd Avenue, 4th Avenue, and 5th Avenue: 2017 - 2018
  • 1st Avenue, 3rd Avenue: 2018 - 2019 

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 Islandspainted pedestrian areas downtown

  • 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 Protected bike lane with signagelocation 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 Signals 

  • 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.

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