NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- One of the busiest streets in downtown New Haven is getting a makeover that will benefit drivers, walkers and bikers.
The Whitney Avenue/Audubon Street intersection of New Haven is popular for its dining and shopping hot spots on the fringe.
It's also heavily traveled.
A couple years back someone painted a crosswalk to underscore the issue of traffic safety.
"The people never came forward to identify themselves," said Alderman Doug Hausladen.
However, that has led to an expansive blueprint, financed by the city and Yale.
It creates more space for pedestrians, bicyclists, and is designed to slow down traffic by 25 percent.
"Right now we're having a lot of people that just want to cross the street in order to spend their money in the local economy and we're not allowing people to do it," said Hausladen.
Reminiscent of larger cities, the plan includes safety features such as LED lighting, more trees and visible crosswalks, and sidewalk cafes.
The street will be raised to the level of the sidewalk, enabling people to cross safely to the outdoor public seating.
It comes down to meeting the needs of the local economy and the growing number of people who live and work there.
"We're going to gain space for people to congregate, people to socialize," said Jim Travers, Director of Traffic, Transportation & Parking, "really creating a city that puts an emphasis on our residents and our visitors."
The redesign is a move many in the neighborhood welcome.
"This is an area that needs to have people come in, sit and relax," said Jeannine McMillan, Moe's Southwest Grill, "that is the thing to do is sidewalk cafes, it's big in New York, it's big in Boston."
It has some talking about other similar projects in the city.
"All streets can enjoy that cafe feel," said McMillan.
Construction is expected to start in October. The goal is to complete it before the holidays.
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