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Your Views: Left-turn ban is not best answer to city’s traffic

POSTED: May 9, 2013 1:00 a.m.

As you can imagine with a business that employs more than 100 people on Green Street, and one that has operated successfully on the street since 1967, we oppose the banning of left turns on Green Street as the only solution to Gainesville’s traffic problem. It is a easy, knee-jerk public action but will only marginally affective in reducing the affect of traffic through our city.

Real long-term solutions must be advanced that create a win-win for everyone.

Widen Green Street to its proper width, move the sidewalks into the surrounding properties winding in and out of the trees, and at the same time put power underground and rebuild Green Street’s storm water detention that’s 100-plus years old.

Invest in a bypass for all major nonessential truck traffic around the city.

Create a proposed North Green Street roundabout at the Civic Center to speed traffic that backs up because of poor signalization.

Move the post office to midtown as voted on and funded in SPLOST VI.

We would support a peak period ban on Green Street provided there was signalization (8-9 a.m. and 5-6 p.m.) installed on Green Street and Candler, and the above solutions and others were advanced.

Banning turns sounds simple but is simply lipstick on this pig of a problem.

Frank Norton Jr.
The Norton Agency, Gainesville


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