Downtown Columbia Leadership Council discusses possibility of converting one-way streets

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 9:13 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council discussed Tuesday evening how feasible it would be to convert the one-way roads between College Avenue and Hitt Street into two-way roads.

Most of the conversation focused on the possibility of converting Locust Street, where a Brookside apartment complex was recently built. However, council members said the location of Lee Elementary School — at the corner of Locust and College — might complicate any possible change that would increase traffic.

"We just wanted to re-examine the traffic flow and see if it still makes sense to keep those (streets) one-way," council chairman Brent Gardner said. "If we did turn, for instance, Locust into two-way, it would take stress off of Broadway and allow another entrance into downtown."

Council members resolved to follow up with city staff on how such changes might affect traffic congestion or the way people access the downtown area.

"I think before we change it, you have to measure it," council member Brian Treece said. 

 Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.

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