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Center City Two-Way Conversion Project

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New Traffic Pattern - Coming Oct. 16 and 17 

Two major thoroughfares that run through the heart of Downtown will change from one-way to two-way traffic on October 16 and 17, resulting in new traffic patterns for motorists: 

  • Saint Paul Street — between Cumberland Street and Main Street — will be converted from one-way to two-way throughout the day on Thursday, October 16.
  • North Clinton Avenue — between Cumberland Street and Main Street — will be converted from one-way to two-way throughout the day on Friday, October 17. 

Digital message boards will alert motorists of the change in traffic patterns.

Additionally, Division Street which connects these two arterials will be converted from one-way eastbound to one-way westbound on October 17 to align with other street modifications related to the opening of the RTS Transit Center on November 28.

This is the completion of the first phase of the City’s Two-Way Conversion Project to implement the conversion of these portions of St. Paul Street and North Clinton Avenue to two-way streets. These streets have been one-way since the 1960s. This phase is occurring in conjunction with the opening of the RTS Transit Center on Mortimer Street. 

As the project progresses closer to completion the following changes will be made to traffic patterns in the area. More information will be made available and posted here when scheduling is finalized.

  • Mortimer Street will be reopened to traffic as a one-way east bound street - Early November 2014
  • Bittner Street will remain two way, but turns from Andrews Street will be prohibited - current.

About the Project

The Center City Two-Way Conversion Project will implement the two-way conversion of North Clinton Avenue from Cumberland Street to Main Street and St. Paul Street from Cumberland Street to Main Street.

The possibility of converting North/South Clinton Avenues and St. Paul Street/South Avenue through Downtown Rochester from their current one-way traffic pattern to a two-way pattern has been the subject of a study since fall 2011.   

To date, the study has produced an Existing Conditions Analysis Report, a Future Conditions Forecast Report and a Feasibility Assessment Report.  Links to these reports are found below. 

The Center City Two-Way Conversion Project will implement the two-way conversion north of and including Main Street using the report recommendations.   

The design agreement will be fully funded by the City. RGRTA has applied for federal funds to partially fund the construction.  In anticipation of receiving these funds, the construction documents will follow Locally Administered Federal Aid Projects guidelines.   

Project Area

North Clinton Avenue from Cumberland Street to Main Street

St. Paul Street from Cumberland Street to Main Street

Anticipated Schedule

Contract signed, Consultant began work July 2012
Pavement width changes presented to Council October 2012
Construction contract advertised for bid January 2013
Construction begins September 2014
Conversion implemented October 2014

Download the Project Documents 

Questions?  

If you have questions or just need more information, contact City project manager Mr. Rich Koss at (585) 428-6862 or email him.  

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