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Laura Street opens to two-way traffic

Beginning April 8, the first phase of the downtown traffic circulation improvements to Laura Street will be realized. The street will be opened (in part) for two-way (both north and southbound) traffic from Forsyth Street to Independent Drive.

Currently, this portion of Laura Street is a one-way southbound only street from Monroe Street. Upon completion of the overall project, Laura Street will be completely two-way traffic from Springfield to Independent Drive.

The modification of Laura Street from a one-way to a two-way traffic pattern is one of a number of design elements that are part of the Laura Street enhancement project.  The project is one of a series of improvements designed to re-invigorate downtown. The Laura Street improvements are designed to enhance the pedestrian character of downtown Jacksonville. The project will create a more walkable environment on Jacksonville’s most heavily-used pedestrian corridor, which will complement the continual downtown revitalization efforts taking place.

Other project elements included moving the Andrew Jackson statue to a more prominent location into the middle of the newly constructed round-about in front of The Jacksonville Landing; installing prominent street markers for better traffic/pedestrian navigation, way-faring kiosks and cobblestone pavers; acquiring new right-of-way for Laura Street; and installing new brick and slate sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

The project began in February 2010 and is anticipated to be substantially complete by Memorial Day weekend 2011.


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