12th Street between Main and Chapline is now a two-way street which means there is now only one lane of traffic in each direction, east and west.
“People are very used to it being one way in both lanes, this is a big change for many people,” said Wheeling Police Deputy Chief Marty Kimball.
7News spoke to several people who think the change is a good thing.
“I think it’s a great idea, less traffic congestion,” said David Higgins of Wheeling.
“Well I think it’s going to free up traffic and make it just a lot easier to get around downtown,” said Sarriah Pollock of Wheeling.
Others, don’t agree.
“I think that it’s going to create traffic and accidents because people aren’t going to realize that they can go left up here but when they’re staying at this light I see them taking a left down market street and that’s where we’re going to have problems,” said Kellie Robbins of Wheeling.
The street has been one way for years, and Deputy Chief Kimball says he does expect some problems in the beginning.
“So we ask people to please pay attention watch the signs, you know look at the markings on the road it’s going to be a change in your life and you’re going to need to adapt to the traffic patterns,” said Kimball.
Currently, drivers have to go all the up to tenth or down 14th to get to the Waterfront area–the city is hoping to ease traffic in the area.
“What about the greyhound bus, that’s where they pick up their customers you know what’s going to happen then? I don’t know if anyone’s addressed that, I think it’s all for the health plan, but you know I’m really not sure but I think it is going to create problems, it will be interesting to see,” said Robbins.
One thing that Deputy Chief Kimball is worried about is drivers not making a wide enough left turn, causing possible accidents.
Because its such a big change, Wheeling Police will have an officer on the road tomorrow directing traffic. Wheeling Police urge drivers to be cautious and alert.