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City residents are invited Wednesday to an informational public meeting about the proposed reconstruction of Washington Avenue in 2022. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at Fratt Elementary, 3500 Kinzie Avenue. State Department of Transportation plans would mark Highway 20 for reconstruction from Roosevelt Avenue east to West Blvd. “The original pavement is from the 1950s and 1960s and has deteriorated over time. This project is needed to prevent excessive pavement maintenance while addressing the corridor’s high crash rate,” a notice on the City of Racine’s website reads. Between 2008 and 2012, the notice says in that corridor there were 2-1/2 times the state crash rate but it does not state how many accidents occurred. Roundabouts will be part of the discussion; one at Ohio and Washington and another possibly at West Blvd. and Washington. Reconstruction will also include new curb and gutter that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and some intersections will also be addressed for “better geometry.” City officials note that Washington Avenue is the primary gateway into the city, so part of the plans will include beautification like planting trees, shrubs and possibly colored crosswalks. Parking is also a serious concern so how to create safe parking areas will also be addressed. The project is designed in three phases, with only one lane access. Traffic going in the opposite direction will be detoured during construction.

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