In case you hadn't heard, tomorrow is the day Coal Ave. closes between I-25 and Washington for a $26 million improvement project. It's also the day that Lead Ave. becomes a two-way street between I-25 and Washington to carry the extra traffic.
If 4 lanes moving to 2 weren't bad enough, listen to this: the only
places where left-hand turns will be allowed going either way will be University, Yale, Girard, and Carlisle.
I didn't realize how disruptive this will be until I drove the streets today. Holy cow! While I know the limited left turns is intended to keep traffic moving, this means severely restricted access when using the north-south streets all along Lead and Coal to move north and south.
I predict absolute gridlock as we adapt to the closure. Then in ten months, they switch it and close Lead while Coal carries all of the combined traffic for 10 more months.
Just how badly
is this project needed?