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Two-Way Conversions

2017-18 Two-Way Conversions_Sept17 UpdateTwo-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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Traffic Signal Removals

Traffic signal removals have begun in the downtown area as part of ongoing efforts to support slower traffic speeds and increased pedestrian activity. This year, signals are scheduled for removal on 2nd Avenue SE.


A summary of traffic signal removals on 2nd Avenue this year includes:

  • 2nd Street SE (transitioning to a four-way stop on October 20, 2017)
  • 3rd Street SE (transitioning to a four-way stop on October 20, 2017)
  • 5th Street SE (5th Street becomes thru-street and will not stop for cross traffic)
  • 7th Street SE (7th Street operates as thru-street and will not stop for cross traffic)
  • 8th Street SE (8th Street operates as thru-street and will not stop for cross traffic)
  • 13th Street SE (intersection operates as four-way stop)
The removal of these signal poles and cabinets this year, as opposed to next year, will help the contractor conduct the necessary curb and sidewalk work in advance of the conversions.

2018 Removals:

  • 3rd Avenue SE at 3rd Street SE
  • 3rd Avenue SE at 5th Street SE

Downtown Conversion Projects

Anticipated Timelines

  • 2nd Avenue: August 2017 – Spring 2018
  • 3rd Avenue: 2018 - 2019 
  • 4th and 5th Avenue: Fall 2017  – Summer of 2018

2nd Avenue SE, from Mays Island to 8th Street - UNDERWAY

  • Asphalt overlay and new pavement markings
  • Curb intersection bump-outs
  • Painted intersection bump-outs
  • Sidewalk ramps to support ADA
  • Traditional bike lanes
  • Decorative brick pavers, as needed
  • Parking will be maintained
  • Mid-block pedestrian crosswalk on 2nd Avenue Bridge

4th and 5th Avenue SE, from 3rd Street to 5th Street -  October 16, 2017 start date

  • Asphalt overlay
  • Curb intersection bump-outs
  • Storm sewer on 5th Street
  • Traditional bike lanes on 4th Ave
  • Mid-block crossing at Greene Square
  • On-street parking maintained
  • Angle parking added on 5th Avenue and 5th Street

Wellington Heights Projects 

Anticipated Timelines

  • 2nd Avenue: Completed in September 2017
  • 3rd Avenue: 2018 - 2019 
  • 5th Avenue: Completed on July 19, 2017 (project timeline was accelerated; pavement improvements will be addressed during a future Paving for Progress project)

2nd Avenue SE, from 12th St - 19th St SE - COMPLETED

  • Two-way travel (one lane of traffic each direction)
  • Adding a parking lane on both sides of 2nd Avenue, between 12th Street to 19th Street
  • Adding traditional bike lanes on both sides of 2nd Avenue
  • Traffic signal removal at 2nd Avenue and 13th Street (intersection transitions to 3-way stop)
  • Stop sign added on 2nd Avenue SE at 19th Street

5th Avenue SE, from 5th Street to 19th Street - COMPLETED

  • Two-way travel (one lane of traffic each direction)
  • Parking on both sides of the street
  • New left turn lanes added at the 10th Street intersection 
  • The following intersections have been modified trom 4-way stops, to 2-way stops with one thru-street:

    5th Avenue at 6th Street (stop signs removed on 5th Avenue)
    5th Avenue at 7th Street (stop signs removed on 7th Street)
    5th Avenue at 8th Street (stop signs removed on 8th Street)


2nd and 3rd Avenue West Project

Anticipated Timelines

  • 3rd Avenue: COMPLETED September 12, 2017
  • 2nd Avenue: 2018
Summary of Improvements

  • 2nd and 3rd Avenue SW, from 6th Street SW to 3rd Ave/5th Ave SW
  • Project description: one lane of travel each direction, upgrading signals at 6th Street SW, and on-street parking. 

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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