Streets To Become Two-Way?

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

It has been several months since the Downtown Redevelopment Authority first suggested that State, College and Tenth Streets be turned from one-way to two-way streets.

The idea has received many angry objectors from those who live or have businesses on those roads.

These people say the change-over will cause the city to get rid of on-the-street parking in order to allow enough room.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, during its work session, the City Commission was given several options about what the possible traffic change could look like. Option one would allow the State, College and Tenth Streets to remain one-way streets. The city would only fix the traffic signals and around 30 parking spots would be lost in order to fix minor traffic issues.

"This was necessary to eliminate congestions at the intersections and provide some left turn lanes," Assistant City Engineer Melissa Cansler said.

The second option would make these streets two-way and eliminate 200 parking spots. More spaces than the city originally planned on cutting.

"This project looked mainly only at the signalized intersections so a few meetings ago we presented that only 140 spots would be lost," Cansler said.

She said the reason for more lost spots is because the new designs include all intersections in downtown, including Second Avenue.

The final option would allow the city to remain one-way and then to be capable of changing into two-way at anytime.

Commissioner Bruce Wilkerson said he will look at many options before he votes on the matter.

"One thing I'll look at is the impact of commercial deliveries. We do have some commercial businesses that get their deliveries from not only freight-liners but semi-trucks and where are they going to be able to make their deliveries without affecting traffic," Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson also said the decision the Commission will have to come down to is how it will affect the future of downtown as well as the people who currently inhabit it.

Greg Lyons of Royal Music, whose business is on State Street, told WBKO that the loss of parking spots would "condemn his business".

He said that the current on-the-street parking is the best option for all the retail businesses on those roads.

The Commission will vote on the matter at their next meeting on Feb. 20, 2007.


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