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Possible plan for two-way streets on Lawrenceville's Square

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Traffic is running a bit too smoothly through downtown Lawrenceville.

Officials want to slow cars down and make businesses more accessible, by allowing people to drive both directions on a couple of local streets.

People can comment on the plan -- which converts Clayton and Perry streets to two-way roads -- at a public hearing later this month.

"The intention of that is to slow down traffic going through downtown and to make it a little easier for businesses," said Councilman P.K. Martin. "We want to make people feel safer when they are walking around downtown."

According to city staffer Dennis Billew, the work includes some upgrades to intersections and crosswalks, widening a short portion of Jackson Street and adding dual left-turn lanes on from Jackson Street onto Scenic Highway.

Residents can learn details during an open house from 5:30 until 7:30 Thursday, May 30 at Lawrenceville City Hall.

If this preliminary engineering phase goes as planned, officials hope to begin buying right of way for the project later this year. Construction could begin in the second half of next year and take about nine to 12 months.

The $3.8 million cost is being split, with the state paying 80 percent of the cost and the city 20 percent.

Comments

dman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

What are you going to do with the slanted parking spots on Clayton and Perry, that would be going the wrong way, if converted to 2-way streets? Folks, it took people over 2 decades to get used to this...and now you want to change it. Wow, you have more trust in driver's ability than I do.

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InTheKno 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Don't do it!! Does anyone remember the traffic nightmares on the square before the one-way road system was implemented?? This will be a mess if we go back to two-way traffic lanes. then businesses will suffer because people will not want to get stuck in the traffic mess.

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jjbod1 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It really easy to slow down traffic. Its called place police officers in the city and ticket the speeders! They could hire a couple new people to do just that job and the fines would more than cover the expenses to pay for the police.

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SurelyNot 11 months, 2 weeks ago

And that would be a whole lot cheaper than this project...and who knows?? They might even catch a thug or two.

Good grief. Lets see where else we can spend unnecessary money.

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kevin 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Glad to see Lawrenceville has so much money to throw away on wasted projects. Can't the BOC find better use for OUR money?

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Why_not 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It's a city council issue....not a BOC issue with no county funds involved.

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apsLilburn 11 months, 2 weeks ago

We are the government and we are here to help you. The lights in the square are so mistimed I never get two green lights in a row. If you fixed the traffic light synchronization problem maybe people wouldn't have to speed to possibly get through the next traffic light. Also how about left on red in some cases? And guess what officials? My ideas would cost you absolutely zero dollars.

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dentaldawg83 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I like downtown Lawrenceville and dine there quite often, I don't see how this helps me in any way..maybe more parking not on one of the streets would be nice..

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JET 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I also dine there regularly, I just don't see the problem. Leave it alone. You've done this once already. Or do you not remember?

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