Focus put instead on light rail for Downtown routesSaturday, May 2, 2009 2:56 AMTHE COLUMBUS DISPATCHIt was supposed to be a key part of Weinland Park’s traffic plan: converting 4th and Summit streets, two busy commuter routes between Clintonville and Downtown, from one-way to two-way streets.But now Columbus officials say they aren’t going to address the issue when they release the plan next month. They say that’s because officials are still pushing for a 13-mile light-rail line that could travel down parts of 4th and Summit as it connects Downtown to the Polaris area.Until light-rail is decided, the city is holding off on any two-way traffic discussion.
“Citizens don’t like us to spend money on something and come around a few years later to alter and change it. That’s wasteful,” said Mary Carran Webster, the city’s assistant public service director.
It doesn’t matter to the Central Ohio Transit Authority whether the streets are one-way or two.“We’d be able to make (the light-rail) project work, if chosen, whether it’s one-way or two-way,” COTA spokesman Marty Stutz said.