Washington Street open for two-way accessibility today

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 20, 2012 6:30 AM

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Construction on Washington Street will soon come to an end, and two-way traffic will return between Linn and Clinton Streets at 10 a.m. today.

Kristopher Ackerson, a transport planner at the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County, said there is still work to be done, but construction has gone smoothly.

"With students gone [during spring break] there was a minimal impact on the downtown business community," he said. "But the project is still in front of students so they're aware of the change firsthand."

Ackerson said the change from one-way to two-way traffic will improve downtown accessibility for bicycles and emergency vehicles.

Washington Street has been a one-way since 1976. According to a city press release, downtown business owners and local residents wanted to see the city change the street back. Construction began more than a week ago to coincide with spring break.

City officials expect construction will be completed this week.

— by Kristen East

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