Revisiting the Grand Avenue traffic pattern
Ten years ago, Grand Avenue was redone which changed four lanes of traffic (two lanes each direction) into two lanes of traffic (one lane in each direction). This of course is one of the stupidest things ever done. To make traffic even worse, a median was put in. A few of us were taking about it this weekend. The problem with this is that traffic gets worse and worse, and cities all over the world are trying to add more traffic lanes, not take them away. Why would anyone with a brain take four lanes on a major artery and squeeze them down to two lanes?
Last week, the Herald ran a story called, "No way out: For drivers caught in gridlock, little relief down the road." Not very comforting to know.
A good thing about the Main Highway project being on hold is that Grand Avenue would have been a main artery going in one direction while traffic on Main would be going in another direction. With the small lanes on Grand now, traffic will be backed up constantly, especially when a bus or dare I say trolley stops for drop off and pick up. Maybe they can manage to get Grand Avenue undone and back the four lane road that it was. This would be a great help when the Main Highway project starts.
I'm not sure why Grand was made over to begin with, a friend told me it was to accommodate tables for restaurants. I don't think I have ever seen a restaurant with tables on Grand Avenue in Village West. Not that it's not a good idea, but the simplest solution would have been to brick in a parking space or two if they needed space for tables, which again, are non-existent now. They saw no problem with adding restaurant space at Lulu, GreenStreet and Spartico by filling in valuable parking spaces. And at The Grove Spot, two spaces were taken over by CitiBikes.
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