While Witherspoon StrEAT — the reduction of Witherspoon Street to one lane — was an immediate solution to the need for socially distanced outdoor dining setups, it is also a test run for more permanent changes to the downtown corridor between Nassau and Green streets.
Princeton Council has entered into an agreement with traffic engineering firm McMahon Associates to conduct a study on three possible options for the area between Nassau and Spring streets.
“It’s been in the concept planning process since February,” municipal engineer Deanna Stockton explained at the October 12 Council meeting. The three main options under consideration are to keep it as a two-way street, to adopt the COVID pilot with a one-way northbound street, or to close that stretch to vehicle traffic entirely.
There are also variations to the configurations of sidewalks and…