After 30 years as a one-way thoroughfare, Orange Street will be converted to two-way traffic under action approved by the Glendale City Council this week.
George Miller, city public works director, said the change will ease access to parking garages at two new high-rise office development projects nearing completion.
Multilevel garages with space for more than 1,500 automobiles at two office projects--520 N. Central Ave. and 505 N. Brand Blvd.--will open onto Orange Street, Miller said. The first of the projects is expected to be completed by November.
Orange currently is a northbound street parallel to Central Avenue, the city's most congested thoroughfare. The change from one-way to two-way was made on Orange as part of the city's ongoing program to relieve congestion on Central and other streets in the downtown area. However, Miller said that because of additional traffic that will be generated from the two new office complexes, the impact on the traffic on Central "will be minimal, if at all."