Construction to Make Downtown Rochester More Pedestrian Friendly

By News 8

Published 08/31 2014 11:55PM

Updated 09/01 2014 12:15AM

Rochester, NY (WROC)-  The price tag has gone up for a project to make Downtown Rochester more pedestrian friendly.

Construction work is about to begin to convert St. Paul Street and Clinton Avenue from one way, to two way roads.

The low bid came in almost 20% higher than the engineer's estimate. The city is now spending more than $2.3 million to convert five blocks of both streets north of East Main.

"A proper 21st century city has got to respect bicycles, pedestrian, residents, and business uses," attests Heidi Zimmer-Meyer of Rochester's Downtown Development Corporation. "You want a vibrant street life, and two way streets help to move us toward that goal."

Zimmer-Meyer says converting both streets to two way traffic will be good for businesses. It will also allow new residential projects downtown to take hold.

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