KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – City leaders are looking to update Queen Street to bring more people to the area, but some people say their unhappy with the possible changes.
“It’s going to create more problems with people backing into traffic, we have quite a bit of traffic down here,” explained Paul Mixler.
Business owners disagree saying the new design will give Kinston a homey feel creating more economic development.
“Two lanes would be good there would be more parking and once they improve the sidewalks and have the two lanes it would be an opportunity to see what Kinston really can be,” Leraine Tolston said.
Planning Director, Adam Short says he wants to bring life back to Kinston and he believes diagonal parking will help.
“With all the re-development we have seen in our downtown, one thing we can do is promote bike and pedestrian access and creating a more walk able downtown,” Short said.
Short says DOT approached Kinston to re-design downtown since they will be paving Queen Street after the bridges are completed. He says they have four ideas in mind.
“Option one is to keep it the way it is. Option two is going from four lanes to two lanes with angle parking; option three is a mix with parallel parking with a center lane and some bike lanes. The final option is a center median with parallel parking and two lane traffic.”
The city says they are looking for more community input. If you would like to see the future plans, click here.