Knoxville — Foot traffic into downtown Knoxville businesses along Third Street has slowed since the latest phase of the Downtown Streetscape project began. One business owner, Candi Stevens, came up with an idea to aid in traffic flow.
Stevens suggested converting the parking on Third Street into the middle of the street. This would allow traffic to flow into the street on the west side, circle around the parked vehicles, and exit on the east side.
The idea is supported by fellow business owner, Rick Gibson. Gibson believes this would make the effects of having a portion of Third Street blocked a little easier on those who work along Third.
Stevens said she figured everyone needed an easier way to get around. She has seen elderly drivers worry about backing out from current parking spaces because of the current situation.
The proposal is just an idea at this point. Stevens said when she shared the idea with Street Superintendent Dennis Webb and Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik, they thought it was a good idea. The City officials are consulting an engineer and performing other feasibility research into the change.
A recommendation regarding the idea and any changes will not come immediately.