One-way streets on IUPUI campus to convert to two-way

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Changes are coming to the campus of IUPUI and will also affect anyone driving through campus.

City and university officials want to change New York Street and Michigan Street to two-way streets. They said in a release, with projected capacity for these streets, allowing traffic to move both east and west bound on will improve traffic flow in and around campus.

The Department of Public Works say it will take place in two phases. The first will convert New York Street with work beginning this May and finishing up one year later.

The second phase would focus on Michigan Street and is slated to begin in July 2016 and continue until Nov. 2017.

“I think it will be easier for driving and getting around, because you won’t have to go everywhere to try to get around. But I think it will be more difficult for walking, because right now if I’m trying to cross either New York or Michigan I only have to look one way in the direction the cars are coming,” IUPUI student Dillon Snyder said.

“I think it would really help the traffic. I know having a one-way street right here, I come from the parking garage, you can’t turn this way and that’s the way I have to go home,” IUPUI student Hannah Ignas said.

Other improvements in the area would include new and repaired sidewalks and curb ramps, better lighting, and improved bike lanes.

There’s a public meeting Monday, Dec.15 on the plan. It begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center on University Boulevard. Parking is available in the Vermont Street garage. The meeting will begin with a short presentation from Public Works and then will switch to an open house format where you can get your questions answered on the proposed changes.

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