City proposes two-way traffic on 10th, 12th Streets

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 10, 2014 

A year after holding a series of public hearings about proposed changes in downtown traffic flow, Columbus Council will consider Tuesday whether to open parts of 10th and 12th Streets to two-way traffic.

Council will hear on first reading Tuesday a proposal to open 10th Street, currently one-way going west, to two-way traffic from Sixth Avenue to Bay Avenue and to open 12th Street, also one-way to the west, to two-way traffic from Sixth Avenue to Veterans Parkway.

In September of 2012, the urban design firm EDSA and Uptown Columbus released an ambitious plan for a downtown makeover, which included restoring two-way traffic to 10th, 11th and 12th Streets from Sixth Avenue to Bay. But a series of public hearings on the matter revealed some opposition to parts of the plan, including objections from St. Luke School, whose children regularly cross 11th Street at Third Avenue.

After the hearings, city leaders said they would propose leaving 11th and 12th Streets one-way, east and west, respectively, and make 10th Street two-way.

Now, a year later, the plan has been modified to make 12th two-way for only the two-block stretch from Sixth Avenue to Veterans Parkway and maintain the westerly one-way traffic from there to Bay.

Council meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. in council chambers on the second floor of the City Services Center, 3111 Citizens Way.

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