With the rapid growth of the community, thus traffic, it's time to revisit the three-lane proposal for Main Street in downtown Bozeman.

Especially in peak tourism season, the four-lane configuration isn't working: left turns create congestion, parallel parking maneuvers do the same, and long-haul trucks pass parked cars' doors by centimeters.

A single through-lane in each direction would be that only. The center lane would serve for left turns, and accommodate plowed snow temporarily. Most attractive would be the cost: basically, paint and signage.

Richard Burke