South Bend, Ind. It's being billed as one way to revitalize Downtown South Bend. They say you have got to start somewhere, and Thursday night we are hearing specifics on where the administration would like to start when it comes to changing downtown traffic patterns.
The theory is, the current set up is great for people who want nothing more than to drive through Downtown South Bend and get out of town as quickly as they can.
But not so great for people who may want to walk there, live there, bike there or shop there. The downtown now has four major one way arteries that run north and south.
With a budget of only $10 million the conversion will have to be done two streets at a time.
The changes will start with Lafayette and William, between Leeper Park and Coveleski Stadium.
“Well there would be one lane in each direction with turn lanes and some street trees and far fewer signals,” says AECOM Transportation Engineer Ian Lockwood. “When we looked at the street there was a lot of people in their cars just stuck at a red light and there was no cars to wait for. Everyone was sitting around wasting gas so we will probably use a lot more stop signs, mostly on the side streets and far fewer signals. Pedestrians are not going to come while the place is like it is just not inviting if you see the cities that have done this before, before you guys the beautiful streets, the friendly streets come then people and businesses come back just the same as when the streets were made one way it them got rid of all the pedestrians and businesses.”
Full details will be released after the meeting that is being held now in South Bend.