Public meeting held to discuss the Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project
Posted at: 08/28/2013 4:35 PM | Updated at: 08/28/2013 11:30 PM
Another big transportation project is planned in downtown Rochester. The focus is on a plan to redesign a portion of the Inner Loop.
It was the topic of a public meeting in the city Wednesday night.
The project would eliminate a segment of the expressway between Monroe Avenue and Charlotte Street and replace it with a "complete street." That street would be designed to accommodate everyone who uses it, including pedestrians and bicyclists.
The project manager says the goal is to reconnect neighborhoods with the center of the city, make parcels of land available for mixed-use redevelopment and make the area safer for traffic.
"We're encouraging walking. We're encouraging biking. We're encouraging an outdoor environment,” said Jim Hoffman, project manager.
News10NBC is told the final result would raise local tax revenues, create jobs and generate private investment.
The final design is expected to be complete by next summer pending funding. Construction could begin as soon as the Fall of 2014.