Motorists who use Forest Park Boulevard just west of downtown Fort Worth are reporting that the new striping of the road - dubbed the "Forest Park road diet" by city officials - isn't working so well.
Hey motorists who use this road: What are you seeing out there?
For those who don't travel the area, the city took a four-lane road and reduced it to two lanes with a left-turn lane in the middle. The concept was to make it a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly pathway, and also to reduce traffic congestion caused by left-turn vehicles in the old configuration. The thinking was that, if the left-turn traffic can be moved to a middle turn-only lane, then pass-through traffic will move more smoothly, even if pass-through traffic is only using one lane.
But apparently things aren't going according to Hoyle ...
Here's a photo of traffic in the old configuration. As the road diet nears the end of its first week, we're heading out there with a photographer to take a look at things under the new configuration.