Direction change to take effect on Second Street

A new street direction change in front of the Cole apartments in downtown Columbus will be going into effect.

Cummins asked the city to make Second Street a two-way street in front of the Cole to improve the traffic flow and to allow easier entrances and exits to the parking garage inside the apartment complex.

City Engineer Dave Hayward said the change won’t happen immediately, as the city will need need to change the traffic light, add road striping and make internal changes to the garage gates to allow the new direction.

Mayor Jim Lienhoop explains that the plan is still going through the engineering process. Cummins has offered to pay for the changes. Lienhoop said that the city has yet to put a price tag on the work that must be done.

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Columbus City Council agreed to the proposal 6-0, with Councilwoman Elaine Wagner abstaining because she works for Cummins.