Two-Way Conversion Project

 A new traffic signal was erected this morning at 10th and H street. This is the first stage of a project that will convert 10th street, currently one-way running north, to two-way traffic between E and I streets. 9th street is also included in this conversion, changing from a one-way running south to two-way between E and H streets. Bike lanes and parking spaces will also added on either side of the street for both 9th and 10th. One benefit of the change will be increased access to the underground parking garage below City Hall.

The conversion is scheduled for this Sat., Feb. 21 and the roads will be open to two-way traffic by Mon., Feb. 23. There will be no closure to traffic during the project.

This is part of the Central City Two-Way Conversion Project which gained approval on seven similar projects. Below is a list of the seven first-priority projects, the only one of which to be completed after Monday is J street between 30th and Alhambra. The project is meant to improve neighborhood livability, relieve traffic congestion, and increase pedestrian safety. Sacramento Press reported on the conversion of N street to two-way traffic in Nov. 2008.

The City Council approved the following package of seven first priority streets for conversion:

  • 19th Street (H Street to Broadway, from three lanes to two lanes with bike lanes)–completed
  • 21st Street (I Street to W Street, from three lanes to two lanes with bike lanes)–completed
  • N Street (21st Street to 28th Street, to two-way)– completed
  • 3rd Street (I Street to J Street, to two-way)– completed
  • J Street (30th Street to Alhambra Boulevard, to two-way)
  • 9th Street (E Street to I Street, to two-way)– in progress
  • 10th Street (E Street to I Street, to two-way)– in progress

Have any of these projects improved your commute or "neighborhood livability"? Do you see these as valuable changes? Will the project on 9th and 10th streets improve your daily commute in any way? How do you feel about the city converting sections of one-way streets to two-way?

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February 19, 2009 | 3:56 PM

Wow, that is going to be so strange when the Friday night concerts start up this summer at Cesar Chavez Plaza. I like one way street, they get me where I need to be, but maybe this will work better for the farmer’s market and concerts.

February 19, 2009 | 4:28 PM

I have to say that 3 months on, the N street conversion has been quite a success. The street is much more walkable and pleasant to be on, I’m sure the people who live on N would agree. 24th street backups a bit around rush hour, overall it’s been fine. I think this conversion will be a great success, and will make finding parking for concert in the park that much easier for people. I’d like to see 15th converted to I street as well.

February 20, 2009 | 6:48 AM

This will make my daily commute a lot simpler. I can go up 10th street in the morning, and then in the evening I can go back down it.

February 20, 2009 | 11:12 AM

I think it’s pointless. You’re trading 3 lanes for 2 lanes in most cases. And what for? So the people from the suburbs can have an easier time figuring it out? It’s downtown, downtowns have 1 way streets. I don’t see how having 2 lanes instead of 3 helps ease traffic.

February 20, 2009 | 12:18 PM

:::::::UPDATE:::::::
From the Dept. of Transportation

The City of Sacramento Department of Transportation is converting 9th Street from E to H Street and 10th Street between E and I Street from one-way to two-way on Saturday, February 28, weather permitting. The streets had been scheduled to convert over to two-way on February 21, however, the work has been delayed one week.

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