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Major 7th Street, 2nd Street road projects to begin soon in Harrisburg

A rendering of the 7th Street project shows a planned roundabout at Reily Street.

Two major road construction projects, with big changes for motorists and pedestrians, are set to commence soon in Harrisburg.

Starting next week, the city will begin its long-planned changes to N. 7th Street, which include the installation of a roundabout.

According to the city, the “7th Street Reconstruction Project” will begin with improvements to drainage, lighting and pedestrian crosswalks from Boas to Reily streets.

Eventually, the project will include construction of a roundabout at the intersection of N. 7th and Reily streets, which the city believes is needed to serve increased auto and pedestrian traffic due to the new federal courthouse, now under construction in the area.

Then, in late April, the city expects to begin its two-way 2nd Street project, which will return that road to two-way traffic between Forster and Division streets.

The project will begin at Forster and 2nd streets with new sidewalk ramps and stormwater inlets and progress northward, according to the city. The project includes improvements to sidewalks, curbs and stormwater drains.

The city stated that it plans to pave the road and change the traffic pattern from one-way to two-way traffic at the completion of the project in late 2022.

Historically, N. 2nd Street was a two-way road until the 1950s, when the city made it one-way northbound—and changed Front Street to one-way southbound—to better accommodate commuters.

The city considers both of these road projects to be part of its “Vision Zero” initiative for eliminating traffic fatalities in Harrisburg.

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