Council fails to approve restoring two-way traffic to 10th, 12th Streets

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 25, 2014 

Columbus Council

JOE PAULL — jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com

Columbus Council failed to approve an ordinance today that would have restored two-way traffic to 10th Street from Sixth Avenue to Bay Avenue and on 12th Street from Sixth Avenue to Veterans Parkway. Twelfth Street would have remained one-way to the west from Veterans to Front Avenue, as it is now.

Councilor Glenn Davis said he would not approve the measure, which would cost $400,000, because the money might later be needed elsewhere for something more pressing. He also said the project seemed to be more of a want than a need.

Deputy City Manager David Arrington said because the project is being funded by leftover funds from the 1999 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, those funds could not legally be used for items such as maintenance, which Davis had mentioned as a possible need.

Arrington also said the city considers the project very important from a public safety standpoint. Because there any more large events downtown than in the past, two-way traffic on 10th would allow better access for emergency vehicles and for egress after the events. It would also improve fire department response time by allowing fire trucks from Station One to go directly east on 10th instead of having to go around the block to get to Veterans Parkway.

The motion failed on an inconclusive 4-3 vote with Davis, Bruce Huff and Judy Thomas voting against it and Skip Henderson, Pops Barnes, Mimi Woodson and Evelyn Turner Pugh voting for it.

Because the proposal was not defeated, it will be brought back for reconsideration next month, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said.

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