East Side cars move one way: Fast!
Steve Chamraz reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- One-way streets are not uncommon, but two major one-ways through the same part of town is uniquely East Side Milwaukee.
Speedbusters tackles both of the speedy one-way avenues this week: Prospect Avenue, which carries cars north, and Farwell Avenue, which brings them south.
Both are attractive routes for people looking to move quickly across the city.
Some say, too quickly.
"People are basically using it as a freeway to get from downtown to the upper East Side or northern suburbs," said Jim Plaisted, director of the East Side Business Improvement District.
His group is fed up with the dual dragstrip traffic pattern and has lobbied unsuccessfully for the city to turn the two one-ways into calmer two-way streets.
Plaisted said other methods of slowing traffic just don't do it.
"Well, we tried," he said. "We have a handful of the bump-outs and things you see down there. We tried and they didn't work.
This is the same area where in March a hit-and-run driver left a young college girl critically injured.
Blowing through a crosswalk and then flying south down Farwell Avenue.
No one Speedbusters clocked was that dangerous, but given the heavy traffic and all the pedestrians most drivers are faster than the limit and flying in the face of common sense.