After more than a decade of being pedestrian-access only, 10th Street, between K and J streets, will be open to vehicles starting Thursday, August 29. As this has been a pedestrian-only area for 13 years, several improvements have been installed along this one-block section of 10th Street. These include:
New crosswalk at mid-block
Passenger load zone striping on the curb
Traffic signal modifications
Pedestrian crossing signage
Pedestrians and motorists are asked to slow down and pay extra attention in the coming weeks as everyone adjusts to 10th Street being open to vehicles.
Approved by the Modesto City Council at its August 13 meeting, the opening of 10th Street is just one component of the ongoing effort to revitalize Downtown Modesto. In June of 2012, the City Council commissioned the Downtown Hospitality Program to find ways to improve the downtown. The program is a collaboration of the City of Modesto, Downtown Improvement District, Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Modesto Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and other downtown stakeholders.
The cost for opening this one street will be about $14,000.