City advisory board seeks feedback on downtown traffic, parking

Monday, September 23, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:56 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

COLUMBIA — A city advisory board is asking Columbia residents how to improve parking and traffic issues downtown. 

The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council will hold the first of two public meetings at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Walton Building's community room, 300 S. Providence Road. This meeting will focus on the east side of downtown; the next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 22, will deal with the west side. 

"I want to make this to be more of a brainstorming session," said Downtown Leadership chair Brent Gardner, who will facilitate the meetings. "There just seems to be an endless amount of things happening with transportation."

During its most recent meeting, the commissioners discussed the feasibility of converting one-way roads, such as Locust Street, into two-way streets.

"We've learned over the past two years that every solution implemented has unintended consequences," reads the meeting flier. "Let's have a more holistic conversation about solutions for downtown access, circulation and parking."



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