Looking east down Louis Glick Highway from the newly-named section of Michigan Avenue. This block in front of the former Christian Science Church building was previously named Wildwood Avenue. JTV Photo.
UPDATE: The two one-way roadways in downtown Jackson – Louis Glick Highway and Washington Avenue – will be converted to allow for two-way traffic on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The work has been delayed due to weather.
Weather permitting, the two one-way roadways in downtown Jackson – Louis Glick Highway and Washington Avenue – will be converted to allow for two-way traffic sometime during the day Tuesday.
To complete the two-way conversion, permanent signs have been going up along Washington Avenue and Louis Glick Highway, along with permanent pavement markings. All work is weather dependent. Crews will be starting at both intersections – Cooper Street and East Michigan Avenue, and Cooper Street and Washington Avenue – and will continue down Louis Glick Highway and back to Washington Avenue to uncover and activate all of the new signals. Police will be directing traffic while the signals are being activated.
MDOT had earlier announced a conversion date of January 29th which was pushed back due to wet weather and again delayed from February 5th due to snow. In the past few weeks, crews have been installing mast arms at the intersections with new lighted street signs and traffic signals, installing pavement markings and directional signage.
At the time of the conversion, the new traffic pattern at the west end of Downtown Jackson will go into effect. That includes the re-connection of Second Street to Washington Avenue and new configurations of both Steward Avenue and Wildwood Avenue.
As originally constructed, both Louis Glick Highway and Washington Avenue in the downtown loop were each 3 lanes of traffic all going in the same direction. For the most part, the new traffic pattern will have one lane of thru traffic heading east and one lane heading west with a center turn lane. Between Mechanic and Cooper Streets, there are four lanes, with the additional lane being used as a dedicated turn lane.
Construction will resume in the spring to complete the project.
For a map and project details, visit Mi Drive.
A new turn “chute” between Cooper and Glick will open at the time of conversion allowing for traffic to bypass the railroad crossing.
Two-way signs have been installed and cemented into place along both Washington and Glick.
One of the areas with four lanes, Washington and Cooper, provide an additional turn lane.