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Front St. Traffic Control Changes

Post Date:09/19/2018 10:57 AM

On Wednesday, September 19th, the City of Bloomington Public Works Department will be changing the traffic control at the Front and Center intersection from traffic signals to stop signs in advance of the signals being deactivated. These changes are in advance of significant curb and sidewalk removal and replacement beginning next week on Monday, September 24th weather permitting. The traffic signals at Front and Main will be deactivated at a later date as construction progresses. Construction is expected to last for the next several months. Drivers are requested to use caution when traveling through this area for the safety of the construction workers as well as themselves. Pedestrians are requested to use caution as they navigate the sidewalks during the removal and replacement operations.

In conjunction with the street construction, Connect Transit will be relocating the downtown bus transfer area from Front Street to Roosevelt Street between Front Street and Washington Street on Thursday, September 20th. Please contact Connect Transit for additional information on the relocation.

During sewer repair work in advance of the resurfacing of Front Street from Madison Street to East Street planned for this year, City Staff discovered severely deteriorated underground traffic signal infrastructure at the intersection of Center Street and Front Street. Feedback solicited from area stakeholders in late May was significantly in favor of removing the traffic signals. In consideration of removing the signals, Public Works is proposing a new configuration, which will make it easier for pedestrians to cross. The proposed changes include bumping out the curbs at the intersections at Main Street and at Center Street and installing small sections of raised medians. The proposed changes will decrease the street width and provide a more pedestrian-friendly configuration in addition to adding green space and other streetscape elements.

For additional information, please contact Jim Karch, Public Works Director at jkarch@cityblm.org or (309) 434-2225.