Two-Way Traffic Coming to Covington's Greenup St., Scott Blvd.?
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 15:05 RCN Newsdesk
The City of Covington is hosting an open house for the public to discuss the possibility of changing part of Greenup Street and Scott Blvd. to two-direction traffic.
Currently, Greenup is one-way headed north and Scott is one-way headed south, and each are maintained by the state. But a proposal is being considered that would allow drivers to go both directions from 12th St./Martin Luther King Blvd. to 20th Street.
The city commissioned Planning & Development Services of Kenton County to study the issue and six months later, there are suggestions. The goal is to address speeding vehicles who may be taking advantage of the one-way nature of the street.
"Improving traffic conditions and safety along Scott (Blvd.) and Greenup has been a priority of these neighborhoods for several years," Covington Economic Development Director Tom West said. "The open house is an opportunity for the public to find out what the experts discovered, see different proposals being put forth, ask questions, and give feedback."
The open house, at the Life Learning Center at 20 W. 18th St., will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, with a brief presentation at 6 p.m. All residents are invited to attend and spend a few minutes looking at study highlights, asking questions, and providing comments about the proposals, said Chris Schneider, project manager and principal planner with PDS.
Covington hired PDS in August 2018 to guide the study and craft a traffic plan for the north-south corridors. The organization has spent a half year collecting data on how many cars use the streets and how fast they go, analyzing crash data, looking at intersections and backups, and examining the effect of things like neighborhood businesses and on-street parking.
As important corridors running north and south through the city, Greenup and Scott are among the most heavily traveled routes in Covington. For example, a traffic count last fall measured over 650 vehicles per hour traveling Greenup Street during the peak morning traffic period.
The alternatives to be presented on March 20 include combinations of directional changes and traffic-control devices at selected intersections designed to increase safety.
"Community input is a critical part of creating a successful plan," Schneider said. "The comments we receive at the open house will be reviewed by City officials as we move the study toward completion."
"Currently, Greenup and Scott are state-owned and maintained, so any changes would have to be reviewed and approved by the (Kentucky Transportation) Cabinet," West said.
Photo: The intersection of 20th and Greenup Streets as seen in 2012 (RCN file)