By Ryan McGreal
Published June 26, 2012
this blog entry has been updated
This Friday, June 29, starting at 7:00 AM, the City will convert part of Caroline Street to two-way traffic between Main Street and King Street, as part of the City's 2001 Downtown Transportation Master Plan (TMP).
At this rate, we'll have the city fully converted back to two-way traffic by around the year 2100.
In 2003, Caroline Street South was converted to two-way between Main and Herkimer, though it remains one-way southbound between Herkimer and Aberdeen.
For now, Caroline Street North will stay one-way southbound between King Street and York Blvd. RTH has asked the city if there are any future plans to convert Caroline north of King. We will update this blog if and when we get a reply.
Update: I just received the following reply from Kelly Anderson, spokesperson for the Public Works Department:
The Downtown TMP recommends extending the two-way conversion on Caroline to York Blvd. but an implementation timeline has not been identified yet. To implement an extension on Caroline, the intersection of Caroline and York would have to be redesigned to accommodate northbound right turning traffic (changes to the curb radius etc.)
The Downtown TMP is a guiding document when related projects are being considered, including reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure (surface and subsurface). Projects are recommended as soon as budgets allow. With all the other priorities in the city for infrastructure improvements, the listed streets for conversion in the TMP are considered in that context and will have to be considered against the other needs and included in future budgets.
Transportation Planning staff are hoping to conduct another review of the TMP next year which could identify the need to convert more one-way streets to two-way traffic.
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