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Metro Newsroom

Mayor Jerry Abramson today officially re-opened Second Street

Monday December 29, 2003

Mayor Jerry Abramson today officially re-opened Second Street to two-way traffic, hailing the road as “a grand new entry to our community.”

The new, improved Second Street has three lanes of traffic open in each direction from Main Street to Broadway. The $4.5 million project also includes major improvements in streetscaping and signage that’s a model for future downtown street enhancements.

The new street signs are a bright blue with distinctive black metal frames and downtown logos that help define the segments of downtown. The signs coordinate with new information kiosks, trash receptacles and corrals for newspapers.

Abramson said that two-way streets such as Second Street are good for downtown because they encourage more pedestrian traffic and lessen confusion for motorists who are new to downtown. As a result, Second Street will be a “model for the planned redevelopment of downtown’s streets to make them more inviting to people and businesses,” Abramson said.

“Along this street, you will see streetscape and signage improvements that are more than just pretty amenities. They are the details that make the difference. They accent the character of downtown and make it easier to get around.”
The opening marks the end of the second phase of the Second Street project. The first phase, opened in 1998, revamped the street from Main to Jefferson.

Details of the second phase of the Second Street project, which began last November, include:
· 3,100 feet along five city blocks

· 90 streetlights
· 11 benches

· 8 trash receptacles

· 22 traffic lights

· 9,000 square feet of brick pavers

· 252 Zelkova and Dawn Redwood trees

· 450 Viburnum bushes