The Post Dispatch reported over the weekend that planner Don Stastny is suggesting reducing traffic lanes in front of the Fox Theater and Powell Hall from five to three.
The three lane configuration sounds like a possible one lane in each direction, plus a two-way center turn lane. The intent of eliminating traffic lanes is to make the area more pedestrian friendly, encourage outdoor activities such as sidewalk dining, and overall improve the quality of life.
Road diets are being employed more and more across St. Louis:
City to River proposed a major road diet between the riverfront and downtown.
9th Street in front of the Culinaria has gone from three lanes to one.
Statsny is suggesting reducing North Grand from five to three lanes.
Manchester through the Grove is undergoing a road diet.
South Grand from Arsenal to Utah has gone from four lanes to three (or is it two?).
With the overabundance of road capacity on St. Louis city streets, what other roads would you like to see restriped with fewer traffic lanes?
A few worth considering:
North and West Florissant
Grand north of Grand Center and south of Gravois
A common compaint about St. Louis is that our neighborhoods are beautiful but they are weak on the edges.
Road diets on major streets would be a low cost way to soften the edges of St. Louis neighborhoods.