Perhaps I woke up this morning on another planet or in a parallel universe. Quad-City Times' Sunday editorial on changing to two-way streets has to be one of the weakest arguments ever put forth by this paper.
If I want a bite to eat downtown, I’m not going to be persuaded one way or the other by which way the traffic flows. Isn’t there parking on both sides of the street now? You mention crossing the streets being so hazardous and that’s just with traffic coming from one direction. How hazardous will it be when you have cars coming from both directions? Perhaps people should be crossing in the corner crosswalks instead of the middle of the street. If the speed of traffic is currently too fast, perhaps reducing the speed limits would be in order. A few speed signs seem a cheap option for this situation. Relative to your comments about cars going the wrong way on 3rd street, perhaps a larger warning sign needs to be placed at that entrance.
With millions of dollars involved in this unneeded changeover, we need to look at our city's priorities. We have few main arteries for crosstown traffic in this city and most of them are in need of repair or expansion. The current bumpy ‘skim coat’ treatment of streets on Division Street and Central Park Avenue, and the condition of Locust Street are examples of poor city planning.
Have any of you driven on the new Spruce Hills Drive in Bettendorf? They seem to know how to do a street right and the money wasted on this two-way project could just as easily do some good for Davenport drivers on Davenport streets.