As of early November 2012, River Street is now open to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The public is invited to join City officials on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM on River and State Street for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests are then encouraged to dine downtown and join the community on the Batavia Riverwalk at 5:30 PM for the Annual Celebration of Lights presented by the Batavia Park District.
River Street is the first street in a series of streetscape projects to take place in the downtown over the next several years. The City’s streetscape projects include upgrading all underground utilities, infrastructure improvements, as well as street improvements including trash receptacles, benches and drinking fountains. On River Street the improvements included creating a curbless street allowing for a shared pedestrian and vehicular space.
The City will work with Batavia MainStreet, River Street Businesses and the Streetscape Committee to host a grand opening celebration on River Street in late spring 2013 when all the final touches, including final gates, arches and plantings, will be in place.
Additional information about Batavia’s streetscape projects can be found on-line at www.BataviaProjectStreetscape.com and www.facebook.com/BataviaProjectStreetscape. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.454.2777.