Why is the conversion of Walnut Street to two-way being studied?
Converting Walnut Street from a one-way street to a two-way street was identified in the Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan (NEDN) to help improve connectivity in the River North neighborhood. The NEDN Plan|Next Steps Study recommended further study of the corridor.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and costs associated with converting Walnut Street to a two-way configuration. The study will review operational, parking, and pedestrian changes that may be required to convert the roadway. During the study the City will also engage the public for input on the project and goals for the corridor.
When will the conversion of Walnut Street to two-way take place?
The conversion of Walnut Street is not currently identified in the City’s annual capital improvements program. This initial study will be completed in the summer of 2018 to better understand the changes necessary to achieve a two-way street and the timing for implementation. The study will also develop examples of a typical two-way roadway that could be constructed with development along the corridor.
How much will reconstructing Walnut Street cost?
The two-way conversion of Walnut Street is currently not funded. The current study will provide a cost estimate for the conversion so that the City can begin to identify funding.