The turnout wasn’t big, but participation was high at the public information meeting regarding the rebuilding of the Brindley Street bridge and the revisions on the State/MLK bridge over the flood control channel. Tim Logue (the city’s transportation engineer) explained what was on the table and the preliminary planning that has been done. Roughly, the favored course seems to be, said Tim, to transform the Brindley St bridge to bike/ped use and build a new bridge to align Taughannock Blvd with Taber Street. As part of the changes, the four lanes on the main bridge would be reduced to make room for more comfortable pedestrian and bicyclist use. Special consideration is being given to provide ways for pedestrians to cross State/MLK not only safely, but without undue anxiety about traffic.
Several attendees expressed reservations about reducing the number of lanes on the State/MLK bridge as well as to the effect of changes on what is seen as needed growth in traffic, particularly traffic by large trucks. Local businesses depend on this. There were others who felt that non-motorists’ needs were unmet in that area, and that motorists would be asked to sacrifice little or nothing in order to create safe foot and bike passage.
Tim Logue said that he would be able to compile quick responses to the questions and suggestions raised during the meeting so that we can maintain an ongoing conversation toward the best solutions for everyone.
This is just scribbled from my so-called memory so that our community website can have the event recorded and so that we have a point on which to comment further. Please add any corrections, amplifications, etc.