Opening C and D Street Up for Two-Way Traffic
Currently, C Street is one-way northbound from 5th Avenue to 1st Street and D Street is one-way southbound from 5th Avenue to 2nd Street. The Public Safety Center being constructed across from City Hall will have driveways for emergency vehicles on both C and D Streets. The Police and Fire Departments have been collaborating with Public Works to come up with a plan to open C and D Streets to two-way traffic. This will greatly help with emergency response time. There are other added benefits of converting a one-way street to two-way, including ease of access and studies showing decreases in vehicle speeds resulting in traffic calming, decreases in number and severity of collisions, decreases in auto break-ins, and increases in property values. The article at the following link provides more information on benefits of two-way streets: https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2015/07/the-many-benefits-of-making-one-way-streets-two-way/398960/.
This image shows the proposed circulation in the vicinity of the project:
On-Street Parking Impacts
While the majority of the street parking spaces will be maintained with this conversion, one metered space each on C and D Streets will need to be removed and the red curb on the east side of D Street south of 2nd Street will need to be extended approximately 140 feet to accommodate a new through lane. The Downtown Parking/Wayfinding Study show that there is available street and garage parking nearby to accommodate the nine vehicles that would potentially be displaced with these changes.
One parking space on the west side of C Street, just north of 3rd Street will be eliminated to maintain clear access to the fire hydrant.
One parking space on the east side of D Street between 3rd Street and 2nd Street will be eliminated with this project to accommodate a left-turn lane from D Street to 3rd Street.
Space for approximately seven vehicles will be eliminated on the east side of D Street, south of 2nd Street. This is to accommodate a new northbound through lane on D Street.
- June 2020 – Phase 1 – Traffic Signal Modifications
- June - July 2020 – Phase 2 - Opening of C and D Streets to two-way south of 4th Street
- July - August 2020 – Phase 3 - Opening of C and D Streets to two-way north of 4th Street