What Do We Do About the West Martin Luther King Jr. St. Bridge?

Recently, the City of Ithaca Engineering Office solicited public comment on a draft design report for the West Martin Luther King Jr. Street Corridor Enhancements project. Written comments can be submitted to Tim Logue at TLogue@cityofithaca.org or mailed or hand delivered to the Engineering Office in City Hall, 108 East Green Street.  Comments will be accepted until April 30, 2017.The study area covers the portion of West Martin Luther King Jr. Street (also known as West State Street or Route 79), from Floral Avenue (Rt 13A) to Taughannock Boulevard.  The proposed goals are to improve pedestrian conditions along the street, to improve options for pedestrians to cross the street, to enhance conditions for bicyclists, and to improve safety along the corridor.

Patt Dutt’s Response (with which I concur!)

I think anyway that the City can reduce car traffic will benefit everyone, and in the present and future.  Thus, I support Alternative 1 or 2; it seems that 2 proposes bike lanes in each direction, and that proposal would encourage more bicycling into the City.  As I noted on the Westhill listserv, a study done many years ago indicated the average West Hiller makes an average of 3 trips into town a day; short distances would be more suitable to biking than driving in many circumstances.

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