City of Scottsdale experimenting with one-way streets

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The city of Scottsdale is testing out a new idea to try and improve safety and cut down on congestion in the downtown area.

For the rest of the month three streets near the intersection of Scottsdale and Camelback roads will be converted from two-way streets to one-way streets.

Buckboard, Shoeman, and Saddleback Trail are now all one-ways.

City officials hope the change will make it easier for people going to the area's many bars, clubs, and restaurants to get in and out of the area.

Tracy Lubken, who works right in the middle of the changes, says traffic can get so bad at night she avoids some areas.

"If you are in the Shoeman near Hi-Fi you almost can't go anywhere, it's really difficult to get somewhere," said Lubken.

The changes went into effect Wednesday, and ABC15 talked to several cab drivers who focus on the area.

They say the changes have been very interesting to watch because many drivers have gone the wrong way or been forced to back into parking spaces.

City officials say the traffic change will be evaluated for the next 30 days. After that it could become permanent.

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