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Burkesville Street, KY: Time to calm it 24 hours a day

2014-06-01 - 100-400 Blocks of Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo CM Staff Photo. The 2014, a Local Election Year may be an opportune time to reclaim Burkesville Street, with traffic calming measures. Simple measures would add badly needed parking downtown, make the sidewalk safer for pedestrians and the streets safer forcyclists, bring back more residents to downtown, and improve the health of the community, and for sure, improve economic development. Traffic calming common in Australia and Europe, according to the Traffic Calming entry in Wikipedia. Traffic Calming would reduce through traffic which was supposed to use the bypass, could increase accessibility for residents and office workers and those who wish to do business downtown. Significantly, this crosswalk is the scene of a horrific fatality just a few decades ago. Many believe that the time has come to return to a single lane of traffic around the historic Adair County Courthouse with automobile access and more parking, slowing but not eliminating motor vehicles, while also encouraging vehicles which take up less space. For sure, one traffic calming feature, a protected crosswalk at Jefferson Alley to protect bank employees, is long overdue. - EW
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