Originally Posted by atlantaguy
I absolutely LOVE this idea. This was actually my favorite part of the plan, along with all of the streetcars being proposed.
I'm not so enthused. The idea of getting rid of the one-ways has always suggested a slower progression of traffic in the area especially during rush hour and at intersections. How is this supposed to help congestion exactly? The entire plan seems driven to slow people down. Even pedestrians have an harder time crossing two way streets.
Considering that Buford Highway is the only access to I-85 north or North Avenue (20 blocks), how exactly does it help to have people trying to get on the highway for another couple blocks? As it is I have to go into the center of Midtown every time I want to go to a suburb. It isn't like I want to. I would love to enter the highway at 10th, 14th, 17th, or even 5th and never have to touch West Peachtree Street. This plan has me weaving through midtown on thinner roads through more stoplights for no apparent benefit.
The only road with traffic problems in Midtown is Peachtree Street itself and that is exactly because it is a two-way road in the center of everything. Every parallel road is fine.
If this is some kind of plan to benefit the locals, as a local, I say it clearly does not. Maybe we should try to add access to 85 at 14th street through the center of the bridge if we wanted West Peachtree to stop being a long onramp.