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Aurora may make stretch of Galena Boulevard a two-way street

Updated: March 3, 2014 3:18PM

AURORA — Aurora officials are considering converting a stretch of Galena Boulevard into a two-way street at the same time as East New York Street, officials said Tuesday.

The city’s Finance Committee unanimously approved a proposed agreement with Aurora-based HR Green, Inc. to develop an engineering plan for a Galena Boulevard two-way conversion. If a two-way plan is later approved, the city would convert East Galena Boulevard from Broadway to Ohio Street, now a one-way thoroughfare, to a two-way street.

Eric Gallt, Aurora traffic engineer, said the city wants to get to the point where a dual-conversion could be considered. The plan for the East New York Street conversion is 95 percent complete, he said, and the city will be ready to convert New York in the next construction season.

East Galena Boulevard, a one-way eastbound street, runs nearly parallel to East New York Street, a one-way westbound street.

Finance Chairman Bob O’Connor asked if completing both projects at once would create traffic issues.

Gallt said neighbors have a greater concern that two separate two-way conversions would overload traffic during each of the construction projects.

If both were done at the same time, the city could move East New York Street traffic and East Galena Boulevard traffic to separate detour routes.

“Doing them both together, we could maintain a very similar traffic pattern,” Gallt said. “There is a very limited time frame (the project) would disrupt traffic.”

Aurora Chief of Staff Carie Anne Ergo said that the city will next seek to get Galena Boulevard resident input on the possible two-way Galena project. The city completed a similar process on New York Street in summer 2013.

“This is just a first step in that process,” Ergo said.

In March 2013, the city announced plans to convert a one-mile stretch of East New York Street between Smith Street and Broadway to a two-way street. The move followed the successful conversion of Downer and Benton to two-way streets.

Under a previous plan, East Galena Boulevard was expected to remain a one-way street.

Aldermen will discuss the proposed engineering contract at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place.

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