A proposal to create a one-way traffic pattern on a small section of East Castle Street that connects downtown to the lakefront is apparently dead.
“The message is loud and clear that we’ll be looking for (an) alternative on East Castle,” City Manager Sage Gerling told residents and business owners at a special City Council meeting this week at the Sons of Italy.
The meeting focused on the Downtown Streetscape and Routes 5&20 corridor reconfiguration projects. On hand were representatives of Barton & Loguidice, the project engineers and architects working with the city on the street and sidewalk designs.
No council member or resident in attendance Tuesday evening spoke in favor of the one-way, westbound configuration on East Castle, the goal of which was to create public space on the south side of the street.
As part of the discussion, project designers noted that the one-way westbound configuration allowed them the chance to get state approval for a new three-color light at the intersection of Elizabeth Blackwell Street and Routes 5&20 because Castle would no longer have been a downtown access point to the busy highway.
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