Elkhart looks to relieve traffic at downtown railroad crossing
Posted: 07/05/2013 at 4:00 pm
By: Truth Staff
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Cars on Harrison St. turn onto South Main St. Friday, July 5, 2013. The city of Elkhart is proposing plans to widen Harrison St. to four lanes to ease train-related traffic congestion on South Main Street. (Truth Photo by Julia Moss)
Cars wait on a train outside the post office Friday, July 5, 2013. The city of Elkhart is proposing plans to widen Harrison Street to ease train-related traffic congestion on South Main Street. (Truth Photo by Julia Moss)
Thatís the idea as city officials consider the traffic change on Harrison between South Main and Third streets.
Mayor Dick Moore said Friday, July 5, he believes the change could be beneficial for businesses, motorists and pedestrians.
Harrison stretches for 11 blocks and is currently eastbound only.
The change would only affect the eastern most part of the street.
Officials believe two-way traffic would help reduce congestion on South Main caused by trains at the crossing just south of Harrison by providing southbound traffic on Main Street an easy route to the Benham Avenue underpass.
The change would also provide better traffic flow for the few businesses along that stretch of roadway, according to a statement issued by the city Friday.
Representatives of the street and engineering departments are expected to present the plans to the board of public works in the near future. Public input on the topic will be sought at that time.
Along with re-striping part of the road, the change would also involve changes to nearby traffic signals.
If approved, the changes could be completed by Labor Day, according to the statement.