Under budget and ahead of schedule, the newly expanded Riverside Drive is now open. With the help of Jeff Adams, the Allen-Bradley Professor of Economics and one of the lead organizers of Beloit 2020, a local economic development organization, the city dedicated the new thoroughfare on Tuesday morning, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m.
More than $3.2 million in federal and state dollars went into the refurbishing of Highway 51 between Public Avenue and Henry Avenue. In addition to expanded parkways and parking along the city's eastern Rock River shoreline, the work included beautification to the riverfront, aided by research and designs provided by Beloit 2020.
In his remarks, Adams said...
What this means for campus:
- You can expect reduced traffic along Park and other north-south through streets now that Highway 51/Riverside is open again.
- Staff and students accessing the backside of Flood Arena and the Smith Building (primarily physical plant) will again have open access.
What this also means:
Students heading down the hill to Nicki's Cafe, the Hendricks Center, CELEB, the bookstore, and other downtown destinations should remember to look both ways. What had become a quiet crossing street will be busy again.