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DRI-funded street projects to be unveiled in Geneva

City officials, along with representatives of the design firm Barton & Loguidice, are hosting a meeting Tuesday to present draft designs for street and sidewalk improvements that are receiving funding under the state’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

“We really want to encourage folks to be there,” said City Manager Sage Gerling. “The goal is to present the information and get feedback.”

The session, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Geneva Housing Authority on Lewis Street, will include a presentation on designs for the Routes 5&20 road-calming and downtown connectivity project. The project calls for reducing the lanes from four to two in the area between Elizabeth Blackwell and Lake streets, while making it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Other draft designs to be presented include the five-points intersection improvements at Castle, Main and Milton streets and streetscape work on Castle and Exchange streets — where one of the goals is a more pedestrian-friendly configuration.

Those projects are to be bid this year, with construction set for 2020.

Gerling said she has seen the designs that will be unveiled Tuesday and is “thrilled and excited” by what Barton & Loguidice — working in conjunction with a city committee — has created.

She said they are using a “complete streets approach,” which means a design that includes all modes of transportation — motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle.

However, she stressed, they are not final designs and that public comment Tuesday could result in some modifications.

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