CRYSTAL LAKE – City Council members were quick to reject a proposal to open a downtown street to two-way traffic.
The City Council was unanimous Tuesday in keeping Grant Street one-way in the block between Woodstock and Brink streets.
“I don’t like the idea,” Mayor Aaron Shepley said of changing the traffic flow. “I don’t think this was the staff’s idea. It was the idea of local businesses, and I respect their idea, but I think it would be a disaster. ... I think it would be a bad change.”
The idea was to increase traffic in front of businesses on the block and add parking spaces downtown. Furthermore, it would have made it easier to create an on-street bike route connecting the Prairie Trail along Main Street to the new bike path on Walkup Road.
The organization Downtown Crystal Lake and city’s Economic Development Committee expressed interest in a two-way street, city officials said.
City staff recommended consideration of the idea and the city’s Traffic Safety Committee supported a change. Two-way traffic would not create traffic conflicts, would give drivers another option to reach Main Street and would decrease traffic on Woodstock and Williams streets, according to city documents.