Planning for 2-way Lex
By David Shattuck
The $465,000 “Traffic Movement & Revitalization Study” is now underway. LFUCG gave final approval to the contract with Santec (formerly Entran) in mid-May. According to its contract, the Santec study will “assess the ability of the Downtown Lexington street system to accommodate current and future year traffic conditions with all existing one-way streets converted to two-way operation.” More specifically, “The study will help to determine if two-way conversion can reduce driver confusion, increase accessibility to downtown businesses, and moderate vehicle speeds for improved safety.”
One word that can’t be found in the contract for the “Traffic Movement & Revitalization Study” is “revitalization.” Indeed, an oft-repeated word in the contract is “mitigation”—a lessening, moderation—as in mitigating the traffic congestion caused by converting our downtown one-way streets to two-way traffic. Other “r” words, however, are repeated throughout the contract: roundabouts, right-of-way purchases, and a relocation of the Transit Center.