City may switch Main Street from one-way to two-way street

SPOKANE, Wash. - Main street two way

Traffic on Main Street could get re-routed in downtown Spokane as the one-way arterial is being eyed for a change into a two-way street.

Drivers in downtown Spokane know Main Street is a one-way arterial; miss your stop and it will cost you three more turns or, depending on which way your coming into town, maybe more.

"Access to our store takes three left turns off of Division in order to find our store," said Janine Vaughn, co-owner of Revival Lighting on Main near Division.

The idea to change the arterial into a two way seemed like a bright idea for Vaughn.

"If I couldn't get just angled parking in a one-way I would go for two way parking on a two way street," said Vaughn.

Currently the city is working on a feasibility study to find the best option to turn Main into a two-way. That could include just switching over a couple blocks or changing the whole road from Monroe to Division into a two-way with a center turn lane.

The process will take a while as businesses will have to be interviewed, traffic studies have to be completed and other data collected before planners can even begin to work on a price tag.

One option for Main could put angled parking on the 600 ft. wide street, however that would most likely take out the turn lane.

"It'll get more congested I would guess but we want people to come down here," said Vaughn.

Boots Bakery is also on Main and owner Alison Collins says two-way should be the only way.

"One-hundred percent in favor of it," said Collins.

Main has historically been a one way to easy traffic flow in downtown.

"It's a waste of space, I think, to have three lanes here going one way. It's confusing for out of town people they have to go all the way around the block just to have to come to this part of town," said Collins.

City planners say the study will determine the best option, if any, and will be close to completion by the end of the year. If and when a option is decided on planners will then be able to put a cost on the changes.

"Green space median would be optimum I think. Angled parking, perfect, it works in all the other cities and the other end of town has that and I think it works great," said Collins.