City engineer Sat Nagar, center, explains one of the traffic pattern options on Oct. 29.                     RoundTable photo

On Oct. 29, the City sponsored an open house and presentated three options for the Emerson Street, Ridge Avenue, Green Bay Road Corridor Improvement Project. About 40 residents attended and were given the opportunity to ask questions and to submit comments orally or in writing.

Project manager Joe Chiczewski, of ESI Consultants, Ltd., presented the options and answered questions:

Option No. 1:  All southbound traffic on Green Bay would be funneled off Green Bay to Asbury Avenue where it joins Green Bay a few blocks north of Emerson. Persons wishing to continue south on Ridge would be required to go south on Asbury, east on Emerson and then south on Ridge. Ridge would be one-way to the north between Emerson and the Asbury junction.

Option No. 2: Ridge would be closed to all through traffic between Emerson and the Asbury junction, and vehicles would be required to use Asbury and Emerson for that part of the trip. Parking would be banned on Asbury between Green Bay and Emerson, which concerned some residents. A part of Ridge would continue to run south from the Asbury junction to allow access to and parking for businesses between Emerson and the Asbury junction; this section of road, though, would have a cul de sac at the south end.

Option No. 3: Green Bay would be made into a three-lane road, with one lane for southbound traffic, one for northbound traffic and a third for a left turn lane for southbound traffic to turn east on Emerson. This option would create room to construct pull-out areas for bus stops.

Mr. Chiczewski said each of these options would clarify travel patterns and lane usage, improve travel times, improve pedestrian access and enhance the streetscape. He added, though, “There’s no silver bullet. None of the options are perfect.”

Sat Nagar, City engineer, said the plan is to recommend one option to City Council in December, to prepare construction plans in 2015 and to begin construction in 2016. He said the project would be paid for with federal funds.

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