Lewis W. Diuguid

Pedestrians must be mindful of new two-way downtown streets in Kansas City

Updated: 2013-05-06T20:48:08Z

Pedestrians who are used to downtown traffic need to be extra careful now that the city has removed the one-way limitations from some streets.

It’s easy to get confused and step into oncoming traffic. People who aren’t thinking will forget to look both ways because they never had to before.

Walnut Street had been particularly confusing. It had been one way going north for ages.

But Walnut Street became a two-way drive from 12th Street to Truman Road after downtown became a hot place for swinging singles with the Power & Light District and the Sprint Center opening a few years ago.

The rest of Walnut Street stayed one way going north until the recent changes. Now it’s a two-way street north and south of the Power & Light District.

Yes, it is confusing for drivers and people who are on foot.

So pedestrians, please avoid texting and walking or talking on cellphones while walking downtown. And please look for the yellow center lines in the street.

That will indicate that those formerly one-way streets are now two ways and trouble. Also, be careful of drivers who aren’t being careful. Downtown is full of them.

Also, drivers need to stay off their cellphones and please don’t text in downtown or even use GPS systems. The pedestrian you hit will likely ruin the rest of your life.

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