Work on a major downtown road project is moving along with some changes that went into effect this week.
The roundabout behind the HSBC building in Rochester is pretty much finished, and as of earlier this week, a section of Broad Street between that circle and Chestnut Street became a two-way road.
The idea behind the rotary traffic pattern is to help improve traffic flow and make it safer for pedestrians. City Engineer Jim McIntosh tells WHAM News that part of the work is nearly finished...
"We're still working out some issues, some of the buses have been stopping there and they're not supposed to do that but that is complete and we have some plantings to do in the center of it but essentially the work on the roundabout is done at this point."
Some buses and large trucks can be seen actually driving partly up onto the curbing that is part of the circle, but McIntosh says it is designed specifically like that so large vehicles can come up onto the circle.
Other streets around that area are also being improved and another section of Broad Street, from Chestnut to Clinton, is expected to become a two-way street by early 2014. Eventually a third part of Broad, from Clinton to South Avenue will also be two-way.