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South Bend to re-design Jefferson Street

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South Bend is getting an update that it hopes will make traveling more convenient for you.

We're talking about the re-design project of Jefferson Street, near Howard Park.

It's part of the city's "Smart Streets" initiative. Officials say they have been taking a new look at area streets and exploring how they can be used to their full potential.

On Thursday night, they held an Open House to show off the latest project and get input.

"I think - in the past - the motor vehicle has sort of gotten the dominant perspective. And now, we're trying to introduce the needs of the pedestrian, the bicyclists, the mass transit user and really users of all ages and abilities," says Department of Community Investment Planner Chris Dressel.

Here's the plan:

Adding a center lane, street parking, sidewalks, curbs and lights to Jefferson Street.

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