Work is progressing on the project to restore two-way traffic to 10th Street between Front Avenue and Sixth Avenue, said Farhad AliFarhani, an engineer for the city.
Crews are currently milling and resurfacing the road and putting down fresh marking lines. The road will have one lane in each direction with a turn lane in the center and a bike lane, AliFarhani said.
“We are maintaining the parking as it is, but with in a way that won’t interfere with the bicycle path,” AliFarhani said.
In addition to the remaining milling and resurfacing and restriping work, there are still some traffic signals that need to be installed and some work done addressing the major intersection with Veterans Parkway, AliFarhani said. Depending on the weather, he said the project should be completed in “a few weeks.”
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Council approved the $400,000 project almost two years ago, which was to be paid for with leftover 1999 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. In addition to adding another avenue of egress to the riverfront area, it will improve response time for Fire Station No. 1 near the Government Center. Currently, emergency vehicles there must go around the block to send go east.
The same ordinance that restored 10th Street also restored two-way traffic to 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Council originally considered making 12th two-way all the way to Front, but decided to maintain its one-way status for most of the downtown stretch.