TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN
The 00-block and 100-block of 10th Street will soon see the return of two-way traffic and parallel parking after city council’s vote on Monday evening.
The city has already begun work to restore two-way traffic flow on 10th Street downtown.
Two blocks of 10th Street and Ninth Street, between Pacific Avenue and Princess Avenue, were switched to one-way traffic as a temporary test in August 2011. The streets were also given angle parking on one side.
City council voted Monday to keep the one-way traffic on Ninth Street, which is southbound only from Pacific to Princess, but to restore 10th Street to two-way traffic. They will also revert to parallel parking on 10th Street.
City manager Scott Hildebrand said Tuesday that the work to revert back to two-way traffic on the 10th Street should be completed in the next week or so, weather permitting.
"Crews will focus this week on removing parking stall markings, hatchings at the affected intersections, and then restore the previous parking meter configuration on 10th Street," Hildebrand said. "In addition, all one-way signage in the affected area will need to be removed and the appropriate traffic signals reprogrammed, after which new line painting will occur and the ‘jersey barriers’ on 10th Street that currently prevent two-way traffic will be removed."
Hildebrand said that much of the original traffic infrastructure on 10th Street was left intact when the trial began, which should help in the transition back to two-way traffic flow.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 23, 2013