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      Residents voice opinions on one-way street changes

      One of the hot topics of discussion is the possible conversion of some one-way streets into two-way streets.

      Members of Columbiaâ??s Downtown Leadership Council are hosting two public meetings to get input on traffic flow, parking and pedestrian safety.

      One of the hot topics of discussion is the possible conversion of some one-way streets into two-way streets.

      Supporters want to make Paquin, Waugh and Locust two-way streets to improve access to Downtown Columbia from the east side.

      Opponents say two-way traffic would be dangerous in that area because of the high amount of pedestrian traffic near Lee Elementary School and Sacred Heart Church.

      Downtown Community Improvement District Director Carrie Gartner said, â??Because we are surrounded by 3 colleges and some government entities, the streets are often closed in odd places. It makes traffic patterns unusual here. That is definitely something that needs to be addressed. I think it needs to be addressed in a really, deliberative manner.â??

      Tonightâ??s public meeting begins at 5:30 at Columbiaâ??s Walton Building.

      The next Downtown Leadership Council public meeting will happen on October 22.

      That meeting will focus on the west side of the downtown area.

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