Two-way street project to begin on Washington Avenue


The City of Waco Public Works Department needs help with a project they want to start downtown.

They have requested more than $1 million to reconfigure Washington Avenue from University Parks to 18th Street to a two-way road.

The project consists of pavement surface improvements, traffic signal improvements, sidewalks and minimal streetscape improvements.

They would also be adding two-way bicycle lanes on both sides of the street and need accessibility improvements to meet the current federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

“It’s changing the way that Washington works and the environment. Washington is generally three ways throughout the entire section. We have about somewhere between 5,000 vehicles per day. That is well below what we can travel on there and well below what we would ever expect on Washington,” says Jim Reeves, of City of Waco Public Works.

The board today approved the more than $1 million on Thursday, and the project is set to begin at the start of 2020. 

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