Heads up to anyone traveling in downtown Danville, KY for the next 6 weeks. Beginning August 1st, 2019, downtown Danville will be test driving a change in the traffic pattern that will affect Main Street between First and Fourth Street. The street layout change will effectively turn that section of Main Street into one lane each way with a shared turning lane in the middle. Additionally, Fourth Street’s traffic light will have a dedicated left turn signal. Be extra cautious when navigating downtown for the next several weeks as people adjust to the new traffic pattern to avoid traffic accidents.
The pattern change is modeled after Main Street in Richmond, KY. Richmond went to that pattern to address back-ups from turning and to make crossing for pedestrians safer. The proposed pattern has worked effectively for Richmond since it’s implementation, despite Richmond having roughly twice the population of Danville. A street layout change had been considered, in 2014, with much debate and many strongly for or against the proposed change.
The proposed change will be tried out for several weeks to determine it’s effect on traffic flow and downtown businesses. After being tested for 4 weeks and collecting information, there will be public meetings to discuss the trial and receive feedback on the proposed change. If successful then the current change will become permanent for downtown Danville.