Lansing is bucking the old idiom “You can’t have it both ways.”
The city is in the midst of converting a number of downtown one-way streets into two-way thoroughfares, having received a $3.3 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to fund the project. The city’s website mentions the project goals include simplified navigation around downtown, fewer vehicle/pedestrian hostilities and a boost in property values. Roadways in the project are portions of Capital Avenue, Grand Avenue, Walnut Street, Pine Street, Ottawa Street and Allegan Street.
“Conversion of six of Lansing’s one-way streets to two-way will have a positive impact on our downtown business district and neighborhoods,” said Mayor Andy Schor. “Two-way streets have been shown to slow traffic, make streets more pedestrian-friendly, safer for our residents and visitors, and more beneficial to local businesses by giving them more visibility. I am looking forward to completion of this project later this year.”
Parts of the project have been in progress over the past several months, with the bulk of it scheduled for late summer. In the event of a schedule change, updates will be added to the city’s website, and stakeholders and property owners will be notified.
“The city has been studying the conversion of the remaining one-way streets in downtown Lansing for over 20 years,” said Andy Kilpatrick, Lansing’s public service director. “Converting the streets back to two-way operation will make them less confusing for visitors and make trip paths more direct, both of which are positive changes.”
To learn more about the project, go to lansingmi.gov and search for “one-way to two-way street conversion project.”