Work has resumed. We are currently installing new curbing, footings & electrical conduits for the new decorative light poles & new sidewalks from Town Hall to the Shell Station (on the town hall side). As I mentioned several times over the past few months, Sam Schwartz Engineering, our traffic and transportation planning and engineering firm, will be studying and providing an opinion regarding making lower King into a two-way street. Please keep in mind that a traffic light is coming to the intersection of King & South Greeley (by Starbucks). Sam Schwartz has already determined that two-way traffic on lower King Street is geometrically feasible. We also know that with 2-way traffic on both lower King & Allen Place would result in no loss of parking spots – the loss of ten (10) spots on lower King would be offset by gaining (10) additional spaces on Allen Place. We are now doing an operational feasibility analysis. They will perform the following tasks:
•Analyze trip generation and distribution to determine added demand to lower King Street eastbound
•Perform operational Analysis of King Street (NY 120) / Lower King Street / Greeley Avenue and Woodburn Avenue / Greeley Avenue intersections
•Revise traffic signal plans and timing for King Street (NY 120) / Lower King Street / Greeley Avenue Intersection; recommendations for Woodburn Avenue / Greeley Avenue intersection
•Evaluate traffic circulation for the retail / Metro North Station parking sites
•Conduct public and stakeholder meetings
There’s a lot of precedent for changing a one-way street into a two-way street to help revitalize downtowns. Please remember to check the Town of New Castle website for all updates.