Downtown Geneva is about to undergo a major transformation.
The city wants to draw more people to its lakefront areas and in order to do it, it’s planning major changes to the Route 5 and 20 corridor.
Right now, Route 5 and 20 comes down a hill into Geneva as a multiple lane thoroughfare. That makes it dangerous for people who are on the lakeside to get across to go into downtown.
This project will change that.
Meghan Paulette used to go to college in Geneva, so she wanted to bring her husband and daughter back to show them around. They started with a walk along the lake but when they tried to cross over Route 5 and 20 to get to the downtown area, they faced some issues.
“We went under the tunnel which looks like a good start but then there was railroad tracks, some parking lots, construction zones and high-speed traffic,” said Paulette.
The city manager says it’s a problem they’ve been dealing with for a long time.
“We have this gorgeous lakefront and this vibrant downtown and through the decades, or almost a century, there have been so many changes that have kind a widened that gap,” said Sage Gerling, Geneva city manager.
Now, they’re trying to close it.
Renderings of the plan call for Route 5 and 20 in the area to be reduced to one lane in each direction with landscaped center medians installed between them. The city would also add a bike lane and more areas for pedestrians to cross.