(Aurora, Ill) - Motorists will soon be able to travel in new directions on four of Aurora's main streets. New York St. and Galena Blvd. will open for two-way traffic tomorrow and River St. and Lake St. will open one week later.
TUES., DEC. 22 - NEW YORK ST. & GALENA BLVD.
By 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, New York Street and Galena Boulevard will begin two-way operation. New York will transition to two-way traffic between Broadway and Smith Blvd, where a new traffic light has been added for the conversion. Galena will convert to two-way between Ohio St. and Broadway.
The existing one-way portions of New York Street and Galena Boulevard west of Broadway will remain in one-way operation.
Roughly 14,500 vehicles travel the stretch of New York Street each day, and an additional 9,000 vehicles travel Galena Boulevard each day.
TUES. DEC. 29 - RIVER ST. AND LAKE ST.
The following week, by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29 both River Street and Lake Street - between Gale Street and New York Street - will open for two-way traffic.
About 15,000 vehicles currently use this segment of Lake Street each day, and another 13,000 use River Street. The change to two-way operation on River St. and Lake St. is expected to move about 5,000 vehicles a day from River Street onto Lake Street.
A POSITIVE IMPACT
Much like the successful conversion of Downer Place and Benton Street to two-way traffic at the end of 2012, these conversions are expected to improve overall traffic flow while aiding business growth and development in the respective areas.
The conversion of the New York Street and Galena Boulevard corridor is expected to calm high volumes of traffic flowing through neighborhoods with high density. It will also simplify access routes to downtown Aurora for those who visit downtown businesses and venues, including more than 400,000 people who annually attend events at the Paramount Theatre and RiverEdge Park.
The reduction of vehicles on River Street, paired with the addition of a dedicated bike path connecting a gap in the Fox River Trail, will make River Street a safer route for pedestrians and bicyclists frequenting Waubonsee Community College, the Santori Public Library of Aurora and other downtown locations.
"The successful conversion of Benton and Downer has had a positive impact on Aurora's downtown and navigating through our growing city. We look forward to these conversions doing the same," said Aurora's Director of Public Works Ken Schroth.