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More Changes Coming to Parsons Avenue

Brent Warren Brent Warren More Changes Coming to Parsons AvenueA wider sidewalk has been added along Parsons Avenue in front of the East Public project. Photo by Brent Warren.
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Work will continue through the fall on the latest round of streetscape improvements for Parsons Avenue. The scope of the project runs from Livingston Avenue to Hosack Street, and includes a resurfacing of the street and reconfigured travel lanes.

“The Department of Public Service believes that this project will improve the traffic flow in this area and make it safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Assistant Director Jeff Ortega. “These improvements are much-needed in this key business corridor in the city.”

A new middle turn lane now allows for left turns in places where they were prohibited before, and pedestrian-friendly concrete bump-outs (also called curb extensions) have been constructed along the corridor. Shared lane markings for bicycles are in the process of being added, while mast-arm traffic lights and new street trees will be installed later in the fall.

Two traffic lights – at the Sycamore Street and Hanford Street intersections – have been removed and replaced with two-way stop signs after a study by the City of Columbus determined that they no longer meet federal and state requirements.

“The city will monitor the new intersection configurations for traffic safety,” said Ortega.

The $5.6 million project follows a multi-year effort to upgrade the streetscape of Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne East, between Broad Street and Franklin Avenue.

For more information, see www.columbus.gov.

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