ALTON - For a stretch of Market Street, it may soon be one way or the highway.
The Alton City Council is discussing whether to make Market a one-way street for northbound traffic only between Eighth and Ninth streets. Alderwoman Carolyn McAfee says the measure would cut down on street traffic in that area, also discouraging trash dumping. In July, the city began the war on illegal dumping by passing a resolution to install “jersey barriers.” The property owner of Market between Sixth and Eighth streets says trash and discarded furniture has been dumped in that area for years, and they are fined if it is not cleaned up, regardless of how it got there.
Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says he feels the city should consider making Eighth Street a one-way street as well between Alby and Market streets.
“In essence, you will be making it an ‘L’ now,” Sebold said. “They will have to come in on Eighth Street, and I think making that a westbound one-way should be considered.”
The city has “laid over” the issue to explore the avenues before voting an ordinance into place. Concrete barricades at Sixth and Market and Eighth and Market streets already have been put in place.