Director of Capital Transportation Projects Terry Hughes said one of the keys to the whole plan is a downtown inner loop to take large truck traffic off of U.S. Highway 180. With traffic through the downtown area expected to double over the next 20 years or more, removing the traffic is essential, Hughes said. Alamo, Bridge and Spring streets would be used to create a four lane wide stretch to take people north of downtown and back out on U.S. 180 just west of the square. This would also allow for head-in parking in the area and would increase parking an estimated 20 to 30 percent, Hughes said.
Getting traffic off Fort Worth Highway would also allow streets such as York and Dallas to host small street festivals by closing off the individual streets using temporary bollards.
Getting the inner loop started was seen as very important but the creation of pedestrian and bike lanes received overwhelming support from attendees.
Forwarding the plan
Farmer said the information gathered from the final public meeting would be sorted out and presented to planning and zoning officials before finally being brought before the city council. No time frame to do this was given.