Maybe a traffic change is in order

Johnson City Press • May 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Things are popping in downtown Johnson City. A number of restaurants are drawing customers both day and night to the district. Founders Park is nearing completion, and work on storm water mitigation and street improvements is progressing nicely.These are truly good times for downtown Johnson City, and the future promises even better things to come. With all that’s happening in the downtown now we can’t think of a better time to consider a move that could dramatically change the way traffic navigates through the area.It may be time to return two-way traffic to Main and Market streets. City officials dismissed the notion of two-way traffic in the downtown as unadvised a few years ago, but a lot has changed since the idea was last considered.We should also remember there were a number of concerns expressed when Walnut Street was changed from one-way to two-way traffic. Those reservations have proved to be unfounded.Converting one-way streets to two-way traffic is something many municipalities in this country are undertaking now. Traffic planners say doing so helps slow motorists and makes neighborhoods and business districts more pedestrian friendly. Planners also say two-way streets improve the livability of an area and are simply easier for drivers to navigate.We urge the Friends of Olde Downtowne and city leaders get together and discuss this idea in length. Now is the time.

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