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January 12, 2013

Vermilion Street to see fewer lanes, landscaped medians

DANVILLE — Breaking up the concrete of Vermilion Street heading south into the downtown area and installing median landscaping, eliminating access drives no longer used off Vermilion for businesses and other improvements for safer pedestrian crossing and traffic flow will make the area more inviting.

This is from Ray Garcia, superintendent of streets and sewers for the city, enthusiastically describing all the proposed plans.

He said on-street parking isn’t needed along the entire stretch on Vermilion south of Fairchild to the downtown area.

The public can view drawings of the proposed plans for resurfacing Vermilion Street, from Fairchild to Harrison streets, at a public meeting on Tuesday.

The public meeting will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., prior to the city council meeting, and 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., after the city council meeting, Tuesday in the downstairs community room at city hall, 17 W. Main St.

Based upon input already received, city officials have come up with Concept Design No. 1 for public consideration and comment.

The concept can be found at http://www.danvillepublicworks.org/vermilion-rehabilitation.html.

Based upon the comments and the observed usage of Vermilion Street, a first overall concept plan has been created for consideration and to be discussed publicly.

Starting from Fairchild and heading south to downtown:

--Fairchild to Davis: four lanes of traffic with two 5-foot shoulders that could be used for bicycles.

--Davis to Williams: changing from four lanes of traffic to three at Williams.

--Williams to Seminary: three lanes of traffic (one center turn lane), two 5-foot shoulders that could be used for bicycles, one parking lane that switches sides to accommodate observed use.

--Seminary to Harrison: two lanes of traffic with a center landscaped median, two 5-foot shoulders that could be used for bicycles and one parking lane on the west side of Vermilion.

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