Clear and free: traffic is now running both ways on Center Street between Shattuck and Milvia. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Update, 6.10 pm: Make that seven years! The City of Berkeley checked again on the dates and reports in to us that Center Street was closed to one-way traffic when Berkeley City College was being constructed, in approximately March 2004. The Arpeggio project has had the street closed since June 2006 — first for the demolition of the previous building on the site in 2006, then for construction which began in 2008.

Original story: Those who drive regularly in downtown Berkeley will be relieved to find that the section of Center Street between Shattuck and Milvia is now open to two-way traffic, and a few more coveted parking spaces have opened up as a result.

The street has been limited to one-way traffic since construction began on the Arpeggio Building at 2055 Center in 2008.

The nine-story, 143-unit Arpeggio Building is now effectively complete and sales on its one- and two-bedroom apartments, including two-story penthouses, are now open.

Fences closing off one section of the north lane were removed on Center Street on November 23rd. Photo: Ira Serkes

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...