Avenue is being reduced from two lanes to one lane to make room for a bike lane and wider parking
Members of the City Council's Transportation Committee expressed support Tuesday for the decision by Public Works to reduce Esplanade Avenue from two lanes to one lane between N. Claiborne Avenue and Moss Street, to make room for a bike lane and wider parking.
While some motorists have expressed opposition to the change, Public Works Director Mark Jernigan says the decision was made with safety in mind.
"When the project's complete, I would expect to see fewer collisions, fewer dangerous maneuvers trying to maneuver around the bus traffic," Jernigan told the committee.
"Anybody that's driven down Esplanade parallel with a bus and trucks, it's been very crazy up in that area, very difficult," Committee Chair Kristin Palmer said.
The redesign and resurfacing of Esplanade began last month.