There have been several attempts to convert these one-way streets into two-way thoroughfares. This latest attempt from the city could help downtown businesses, but not everyone agrees.
Hawthorne Park is a popular spot for all ages between the two one-way streets. Some nearby neighbors wish for the traffic to be a little safer while visiting.
“We’re looking at Fifth Street right now and people are racing by,” Scott Beilfuss describes, “This is supposed to be a bike-friendly town; if we wanna encourage people to ride bikes to work and to school, they have to have a safe pathway to go. I think going to two-way would create some opportunity for a lot safer bike travel downtown.”
Coming off Highway 50, Fifth Street leads into the heart of downtown. While stop signs cover the neighborhoods, more stoplights are on this side of these roads.
A few residents who do business downtown see a comfort in traffic that comes from only one direction.
“I like one-way roads. I think it’s better for people crossing the street,” Sherry Staatz believes, “It’s easier to look the one way and not both ways and not get hit, not be fearful of getting hit by a car coming from the other way.”
As of right now, no concrete plan has been completed for this project. Local leaders involved want the public to have an influence on the final decision.
Whether the plan goes one-way or another, the community has a say in this design. The Downtown Development Authority is holding an open house for feedback at the Avalon Theatre on May 4.