GOSHEN -- A plan is finally in place to close part of New York Street and route trucks down College Avenue instead.
City and Goshen College officials have agreed to a slight widening of College Avenue, between Main and Ninth streets. There will be room for turn lanes and a grassy median.
With that in place, the Goshen Plan Commission on Tuesday recommended closing New York Street between Main and Eighth streets. The closing would make room for an expansion of Parkside Elementary School.
The Goshen City Council will take final action on the closing as early as next month.
New York Street wouldn't be closed until the College Avenue work is done by early next year.
Details of the plan are:
* The intersection of Main Street and College Avenue would be widened so trucks could make the turns.
* A new turn lane would be installed on College Avenue by Ninth Street.
* A grassy median with lights would make that part of College Avenue a boulevard. College officials hope to later make a boulevard on the other side of the railroad track by 10th Street.
* The bike path would move to the south side of College Avenue.
* Ninth Street would be widened at its intersections with College Avenue and New York Street.
Goshen schools, city government and a federal grant will pay for the work.
Contact Thomas V. Bona at email@example.com.