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Inner Loop Informational Meeting Tonight

August 28th, 2013

Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project
Reconnect Rochester external link has alerted us to an important informational meeting tonight about the Inner Loop’s future (or lack thereof). As we wait to find out whether or not this project will be a recipient of a USDOT TIGER grant, the City is moving forward with plans to scale down a large portion the underutilized 12-lane highway. Ultimately that will mean greater connectivity between downtown and the neighborhoods to the east, and lower road maintenance costs in the long run. If there was ever a big road project to support, this is it.

Read what Reconnect Rochester has to say about the project external link and attend the meeting tonight to learn more… 6-8pm on the third floor of City Hall external link.

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  1. Matthew Denker says:

    This is a big improvement from the prior plans, but I see a couple issues. First, I agree with RR that the second roundabout is unnecessary. I’d go one further and say that Union should be kept straight to Main St. University should also be straightened and a triangular park, ala 12 Corners should be at this spot. Further, why build such a great complete street on Union, but then two blocks away leave a decidedly-pedestrian-unfriendly slip-lane back onto the highway? Get rid of it from Chestnut to the on ramp. It is a minor issue for drivers to make the right turn at the light. Thinking way outside of the box, I’d love to see the southern traffic circle gone as well, replaced by a block structure on top of the current parking lot of Strong and a perfectly straight Union St. Traffic circles are also problematic for pedestrians, as drivers usually fail to yield on them appropriately.

  2. chase tyler says:

    Agreed.

  3. Bob says:

    The are filling it in because of lack of use and needed maintenance. Has any research or thought been done to why this stretch has less traffic than the rest of it? My first observations as to why it see so much less traffic is that there in not an entrance ramp to on to the loop from Joseph ave to Chestnut in the clockwise direction. Lack of entrance ramps limits it use. I live in the city near east main and can hop on it easy heading west to get to 490 west. I always wish I there would be an on ramp at east main, where there is room for one to hop on the ramp and get to 490 east. Instead I would have to wait at the east ave and broad st lights which take for ever. I’m a bit late in my complaint but its not filled in yet. I don’t see how fill it in is going to reconnect the city. Columbus, Ohio has building built over some of their roadways.

  4. Removing the barrier breaking up the east end will do wonders. It also creates a great deal of valuable real estate in the process. I’m not confident there is actually less traffic here, it’s just the easiest part to fill in and the most valuable. The cynic in me thinks that other neighborhoods are not viewed as deserving of the new land, and that’s unfortunate.

  5. Bob says:

    Build a pedestrian bridge in key locations instead. Valuable real estate? After spending 21 million to fill it in. They should finish building up the valuable real estate where Midtown was that they sold for a $1. There is a barrier to the museum of play and mlk park not much on that side that one can not get to by taking the east ave bridge. Damage was definitely done when they originally put the inner loop in but at this point filling it in is taking a step back and waste of money for everyone that doesn’t have their hand in the cookie jar with this.

  6. Bob, I know it’s a hard pill for some to swallow. But we’ve covered this a million times. It would actually cost more than $21 million to repair this road as it is now. Then factor in maintenance costs over the long term – compared with a surface street. THEN add the increased revenue from the new development parcels. Then there’s all the benefits of increased pedestrian connectivity. It just doesn’t make sense to keep the underused highway. Also, it’s kind of a done deal.

  7. So instead of filling it in, and selling off all the land (which is more valuable than midtown, because residential, which this will surely be, is easier and more desirable here than at midtown) to pay it back, we should spend twice as much on maintenance going forward? And even more on additional pedestrian bridges? All for the few thousand motorists a day who even use the road?


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