Traffic is flowing a little differently around the Boonville square.
Chris Coffey with Midwest Engineering said that the traffic pattern coming into the square on Locust is the same, just shifted to the right. There is no longer parking available on either side of Locust. The right turn/straight lane at Locust and Second streets is now in the lane that was dedicated to parking for the Post Office, the 1901 Emporium and Vapor Bank. The former right turn/straight lane is now the left turn/straight lane. While that sounds confusing, it's really just shifted over a lane.
"We're shifting over," Coffey said. "There used to be parking along (the south) side, where the Post Office is. We're trying to shift over and eliminate (parking) over here (on the north side of Locust) so when we start working over here, we'll have that available."
In the intersection of Locust and Second streets, the two lanes jog left, making the middle lane a straight/right turn lane onto Third Street. The left lane remains a straight/left turn lane.
"It's just a matter of shifting them over and shifting them back," Coffey said. "We've got two open lanes and depending on whether you're going to be turning right or left, you can. Basically, lanes shift over and shift back. It does sound simple, but it's very confusing for people who are looking at it for the first time and for people who have driven that way for the last 20 years."
Eventually, the square will be all one-way. Coffee said in the meantime, he will be installing more signage and additional barrels to help motorists navigate the area.
"This is the pattern we're going to have until this project is pretty much complete," he said. "It will be here for awhile, probably until October."
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