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Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) 
The North Union Complete Street Transformation project includes four Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons that enhance safety at unsignalized intersections and mid-block pedestrian crossings by increasing driver awareness of potential pedestrian conflicts.
Project Update 11-14-16 
A final project update for the week of November 14, 2016, detailing the work taking place along North Union Street as part of the North Union Complete Street Transformation Project.
Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Walkable Olean North Union Street Transformation Project 
Residents are invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Walkable Olean North Union Street Transformation Project that will take place in front of the Olean Municipal Building on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.
GOACC announces $125,000 fundraising campaign for Santa Claus Lane 
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its Santa Claus Lane Committee have launched a fundraising campaign to provide Santa Claus Lane financial support in perpetuity.
Landscaping North Union Street 
The plantings along North Union Street are comprised of four different types of trees, eight types of shrubs, five grasses and 11 perennials.
Pedestrians and Roundabouts: A How-To Guide 
Since roundabouts are new for our community, they bring some changes in how pedestrians must approach walking the streets of downtown Olean. Learn some tips for pedestrians entering a roundabout.
Parking Map 
Support your local businesses and take advantage of the numerous parking options in downtown Olean.
Bicyclists and Roundabouts: A How-To Guide 
Now that roundabouts are part of North Union Street, it is important to recognize that this new street configuration is designed to accommodate cars, pedestrians AND bicyclists.
Rain Gardens Take Shape As Part of the Walkable Olean Project 
While major construction is underway along the south section of North Union Street, a project equally important has commenced on the north section of North Union Street – specifically the planning and planting of rain gardens (or biorentention basins) in the bump-outs.
Construction Guide 2016 
The North Union Complete Street Transformation Project is getting ready to start again. To prepare the community for the coming months and understand how the construction process will work – we’ve provided a construction guide.
Project Update November 2015 
Work on North Union Street is essentially finished for 2015. The contractor is expected to install the new streetlights when they are delivered in December or January.
Roundabout Video 
To learn more about navigating a roundabout, please view our video.
Walkable Olean Project Plans (Railroad to Main Street) 
Updated Project Plans for Walkable Olean - Railroad to Main Street.
OATS Circulator Route starts Friday, May 1, 2015 
Great news as the OATS Circulator Route starts Friday, May 1, 2015.
North Union Street Art Walk Brightens Up Downtown 
Many North Union Street storefronts will receive a facelift as artwork by several local artists will “decorate” their windows.
City Announcement 
City Announces Change to Traffic Control on North First and Wayne Streets.
Project Update 
The North Union Street schedule is taking shape and the final design will be completed in late June.
Traffic Control 
The suggested schedule for construction includes starting with the railroad crossing, converting it to one-lane in each direction.
Walkable Olean Fact Sheet 
The Walkable Olean Project will rebuild our crumbling water lines, sewer lines, and lighting infrastructure, as well as restore downtown North Union with traffic safety improvements and beautification investments. This is an $8.8 million project, funded with a $6.5 million federal grant (TIGER grant), $1.2 million City capital funds, and $1.1 million State/private funds.
Olean's Winning TIGER 
Read the complete TIGER application here -- including the Benefit Cost Analysis that justified Olean's amazing award.
Pros & Cons – Four Ideas. One Emerged. 
Four streetscape concepts were presented in February with discussion & public voting. This article describes why one concept rose to the top.
Focus Group Summary: Something Must Be Done 
January 30, 2013
Our design consultants met with Transportation Experts, Business Owners and General Users of North Union Street in mid-January. All agreed that something must be done.
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