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September 15, 2013

OUR OPINION: Move forward on making streets two-way

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Vikash Gayah, a Penn State University researcher, has studied the one-way vs. two-way issue extensively. His conclusion is that drivers on one-way streets spend more time getting to their destination, because they are limited to only one direction of travel on certain streets.

In simpler terms, if you are trying to get to a business in downtown New Albany and bypass your destination, it will take you longer to get back around to it in a one-way system than it would in a downtown filled with two-way streets.

It also highlights one of the major advantages of two-way streets in downtown areas — visibility and ease of access for businesses.

It’s becoming clear that the above advantages are driving most city leaders to favor conversion to two-way streets, and we urge this. However, we do think some money should be spent up-front, but in developing a comprehensive plan, rather than a study.

The move to two-way streets is the right one for New Albany. We urge city leaders to take the steps to make sure the conversion is done in a safe and productive way.

— The News and Tribune editorial board is comprised of Publisher Bill Hanson, Editor Shea Van Hoy, Assistant Editor Chris Morris and Assistant Editor Jason Thomas. Responses can be sent to shea.vanhoy@newsandtribune.com

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