Second Street Traffic Part of City Working Session Agenda | New
Owensboro City Commissioners will discuss downtown traffic during Tuesday’s working session, when city engineer Kevin Collignon presents the findings of a study his department has carried out along Second Street.
The department studied the Second Street area from Daviess Street to Walnut Street, focusing on the area between Daviess and Frederica streets, Collignon said.
“There have been concerns from some people in the city center,” Collignon said on Monday.
Some area business owners have expressed concern about “the speed and traffic on Second Street,” he said.
“They’re trying to find ways to make it more appealing to people who come to eat,” Collignon said.
Debi Ford, owner of Simply Chic Home Accents on West Third Street, said some downtown business owners were concerned about the speed along West Second Street and traffic noise.
“It’s the security aspect. A few Fridays they had an accident that could have been absolutely tragic, ”said Ford.
West Second Street in the city center is closed at 5 p.m. Friday night for the Friday season after 5.
“Not everyone is happy that (the street) was closed on Friday night,” Ford said, adding, “I think it will benefit late-night restaurants.”
Lisa Aull, a downtown real estate owner who owns Lil Bit Sassy in the 100 block of West Second Street, said she was okay with closing the street after 5 p.m. on Friday for the current Friday season. after 5.
However, Aull said she would oppose any expansion beyond this period.
“In the five years I’ve been in business and dealing with children’s clothing, there hasn’t been a single parent or grandparent who has complained about traffic,” Aull said.
Closing the street to allow more outdoor seating in restaurants and bars could help Second Street restaurants, but “it doesn’t help retail businesses,” Aull said.
“What gives us a problem are the restaurants that are getting too big for their buildings,” said Aull.
Collignon said the engineering department has reviewed accident data in the area and will discuss the issue with commissioners.
The engineering department will also present options for elected officials to consider.
“Some people (downtown) have asked for speed bumps,” Collignon said.
The committee meets at 3:30 pm The public is invited to view the session on the city’s Facebook page or on the city’s website: owensboro.org.