HACKENSACK, N.J. -- On Monday, city officials announced that the next phase of the Main Street Two-Way conversion project is in effect.

Using smart urban planning principles, the Labrosse Administration has aggressively updated zoning to promote more walkable, mixed-use development on and around Main Street. The result has been over $1 billion in total new real estate investment that will make Hackensack the cultural and economic engine of Bergen County once again.

"The two-way conversion is an essential piece in creating the downtown we envision,” said Deputy Mayor Kathy Canestrino. “This will help drive foot traffic on Main Street, allowing our small businesses to prosper. Our streets will be more accessible and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and it will help make Hackensack a better place to live. We are eager to see this project come along and hope to see it completed by the end of the year."

Prior to Monday, Main Street was two-way north from Ward Street and south from Atlantic Street. The north side of Main Street has now been extended from Ward Street to Berry Street. Drivers can now drive in both directions from Berry Street north. The only section of Main Street that is not yet two-way is Berry Street to Atlantic Street, the conversion of which will be completed by year's end.