The proposed Calhoun Street reconstruction into a two-way avenue provides no solution to the downtown’s traffic problems. The two-block stretch which is to be converted to two-way traffic in a $1,000,000 + project, will restructure the street for two whole blocks. Not much of an area in comparison to the rest of the downtown.
I tend to be one of those “what’s really going on under the surface” people who always thinks there is an underlying rationale of some type. My opinion on turning Calhoun two-way? I believe it will eventually be extended over Headwaters Park to join with its other half on the north side of the river.
If that connection is made, then Calhoun could be extended out to the “new, improved” – depending on your view of improvement – E. State Boulevard sans the curvature. An additional thought is that if the casino somehow becomes a reality, then the extension of Calhoun would bring more traffic to that area by directing patrons to the property in a more direct route. I suspect – like it or not – the Mayor and the private investors are marching toward the construction of a casino as part of the North River project.
Hey – just my “what’s really behind the two-way conversion” theory. Hope you all enjoy it!