One block of Lewis Street between Cedar Street and 20th Avenue will soon become a one-way.
City officials gave preliminary approval to turn the one block which currently is a two-way into a one-way southbound to conform to the direction of another block of Lewis Street between 20th and 21st Avenues.
“This is to create one-way consistency and improve traffic safety,” said Andre Sayegh, 6th Ward councilman. Half of the four-block street sits in the 5th Ward, while the other half is in the 6th Ward.
“One section of the street is already a one-way,” said Alex Mendez, councilman at-large, during the council’s December 16th, 2014 session. “His [city traffic engineer] recommendation is to get a one-way between those blocks.”
The portion of the street between 20th and 21st Avenue that falls within the boundaries of the 6th Ward is already one-way southbound, but the two blocks within the 5th Ward are two-way streets.
Sayegh said the street turning into a one-way in middle of the avenue leave motorists confused and scratching their heads.
“People may not be aware it’s a one-way,” said Sayegh.
Mendez said homeowners in the area also have complained about the traffic direction inconsistencies that often cause confusion for motorists.
Council members will hold a public hearing on the ordinance on January 20th, 2014 prior to final adoption.