American Street Improvement Project


What are the limits of work?

North American Street between Indiana Avenue and Girard Avenue

Will American Street be closed?

Access to American Street for motorists and cyclists will be maintained throughout construction, however, some cross-streets may be detoured. Any closures will have signed detour routes.

How long will this project take to complete?

The project is anticipated to be completed by December 2020.

How will access for pedestrians be affected?

The contractor is required to maintain pedestrian access to all buildings and properties.

How will access for trucks be affected?

The contractor is required to maintain truck access for businesses.

How will bus service be impacted?

Bus service will continue during construction but bus stops may be moved temporarily.

How will this affect my property?

All work is to be completed within the city owned right-of-way; no work is proposed on private property. There will be temporary impacts to access along the corridor during construction. This webpage will provide updates on detours and road closures.

How will I find out about construction activities?

There are many ways to find out more – visit the Construction Schedule, ask a member of the Project Steering Committee, or sign up for email updates at Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors!

Who do I contact if I have an issue?

If you have a question or concern, please send an email to  The City’s Inspector will be monitoring this email daily and will get back to you with a response.

How was the public involved in the design part of this project?

A Project Steering Committee, representing neighborhood groups and local businesses, was involved throughout the design process meeting with the City and their design team. Public Open Houses (POHs) were also held for everyone at key points during the design to gather input and answer questions. Check out the Engaging Community in Design section of the Project Background.

Why does the design reduce the number of travel lanes in each direction?

The number of lanes are being reduced to decrease speeding and to improve visibility of pedestrians and vehicles at all way stop intersections, improving the safety along the corridor.

How was bike lane and layout chosen?

The design team evaluated several bike lane options and decided on a design which had the least interference with pedestrians and vehicles. For more information check out the Bike Lane section of the Project Background.

Why isn’t there pedestrian scale lighting (15’ high light poles) throughout the length on the corridor?

American St. is a wide roadway with a varying right of way from 50’-120’. To provide acceptable light levels throughout the 120’ wide right of way, highway scale lighting (30’ high light poles) will be used.  Pedestrian lights will be installed along the narrow portion of American Street south of Master Street.

What is Green Stormwater Infrastructure?

Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is a cost-effective, approach to manage stormwater runoff that provides many community benefits. For more information click here.

Why is the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) in the center of the roadway?

The center portion of the roadway has the least amount of conflicts with existing utilities.

Why are the tracks being removed?

The tracks located in the center of American St. are no longer in use. PWD is utilizing the area to install Green Stormwater Infrastructure as part of the Green City Clean Waters initiative. For more information click here.