LIMA — The City of Lima has begun work to convert Wayne Street from a one-way street into a two-way as part of an almost decade-long effort to update the city’s streets and its downtown’s driving patterns.
Starting on Monday and extending throughout the workweek, the city’s contractor, R.B. Jergens, will be changing up road markings and installing additional signage in the area in order to help improve driving efficiency and safety in the downtown area, City Engineer Kirk Niemeyer said.
The last street to be converted from a one-way to a two-way in the area had been Elm Street, Niemeyer said. That project as well as the Wayne Street conversion both fall under the City of Lima’s ALL-LIMA project, which had been initialized in 2011 to update the city’s infrastructure.
Another concurrent project under the ALL-LIMA umbrella is the work being performed on High Street, where crews are upgrading traffic signals, creating pedestrian improvements, adding bump-outs in some areas and replacing curbs and some sidewalks.
Those in the area may have noticed that the work has removed the post office box on High Street. The big blue contraption has been pulled from the sidewalk with the concrete slab still attached, and Niemeyer said the city has every intention of putting it back in its place as construction moves forward.
United States Post Office Strategic Communication Specialist Naddia Dhalai said that while the post office does remove redundant and seldom-used boxes, there is no plan to remove them in Lima. The postal service will also be postponing removing any boxes for at least 90 days as it considers customer concerns.
As for the ALL-LIMA project, the next phase includes updates to the Central and Union streets in the downtown area, and the city is currently pursuing the funding to do so. After finishing that work, the city will move onto some upgrading some of the heavily-used intersections closer to the periphery of Lima.
“We started almost nine years ago and broke it into phases,” Niemeyer said. “It’s difficult to get funding, plus we wanted to implement the changes over time.”
In the meantime, motorists are being asked to be careful in the area as workers turn Wayne Street into a two-way street and watch out for the “new traffic pattern ahead” signage while driving downtown.
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