Redirecting Traffic in Downtown Richmond
The city of Richmond, VA is hoping to alleviate confusion and congestion for downtown drivers by converting one-way streets into two-way streets. City leaders and urban planners hope the move will make Richmond, particularly the convention center area, a more walkable, drivable and commerce-friendly destination. Here's an excerpt from a Richmond Times-Dispatch article:
Richmond is poised to take a much bigger step that promises to transform the neighborhoods around the convention center, making them easier to navigate by car and much friendlier to people on foot or bicycle. The city is about to hire a consultant to determine the most efficient way to reverse the web of one-way streets that have made downtown Richmond a puzzle for anyone trying to reach a destination that's in plain sight.
"It's so hard to get around downtown," said Charles W. Finley, president of the Historic Jackson Ward Association, which represents the neighborhood that the city hopes will blossom around the convention center.
For Richmond, the conversion of one-way streets is perhaps the most critical step in making a reality of the Downtown Master Plan, adopted almost two years ago with a vision of bringing life and commerce back to streets that had become impersonal thoroughfares.