Two-Way Street Debate Finally Ends

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

After months of speculation and discussion over whether to turn three major Bowling Green roads from one-way to two-way, the Bowling Green City Commission has its final say Tuesday night.

It was a standing room only crowd in attendance at the Commission Chambers.

The City Commission moved the item up from the last item on the docket to accommodate the crowd full of interested citizens.

Each commissioner gave brief remarks on the subject then voted four to one to keep the State, College, and Tenth streets one way for the next thirty years.

"The Commission unanimously heard from the public that the public does not want State, College, and Tenth Streets converted into two ways at this time," says Commissioner Brian Strow.

Despite the consensus on keeping the roads one way, both Commissioner Strow and Mayor Elaine Walker expressed concern with not going with the convertible option that would allow the city to change their minds at any time.

"The only real issue tonight came down to whether you should buy infrastructure for 30 years with the capability of being converted at some point if something downtown changes given the path of downtown re-development or whether you should lock yourself into one system for the next 30 years," says Commissioner Strow.

After the Commission voted, the group of retailers and residents assembled gave the Commission a round of applause.

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