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Council to consider street conversion

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
June 9, 2009
— Bit by bit, the city continues to convert the city's one-way streets back to two-way traffic.

The next segment proposed to change is North Franklin Street between Highland and Mineral Point avenues. That's the road that hugs the Rock River and swings around Mercy Hospital to its east and north.


Jackson and Franklin streets between Mineral Point and Rockport Road already have been converted to two-way streets in two previous stages.


Mercy Hospital officials asked for the proposed conversion, and the hospital paid for a traffic study to evaluate the impact. The recommendation in the study favored the conversion. Fire department officials also support the change because emergency vehicle access to the hospital would be improved, according to a memo to council members.


The conversion to two-way traffic would require an all-way stop be created at the intersection of Franklin Street, Highland Avenue, North Pearl Street and North Washington Street.


Cost is estimated at $36,000. The money would come from TIF No. 33. If approved, the project would be done when already-scheduled street improvements are completed in the fall of 2009.


The city council is expected also to consider converting Milwaukee and Court streets to two-way streets. The goal is to slow traffic to benefit downtown businesses and neighborhoods.


Hearing planned


A public hearing to convert North Franklin Street between Highland Avenue and Mineral Point Avenue to two-way traffic is scheduled for Monday, June 22. The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 18 N. Jackson St.



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