I am researching a town of 2000 population with potential to triple population in the next several years. The town has a great location and many other good things are going for it, expect they have allowed the main street of the entire town to be a 3 mile bumper-to-bumper slow going traffic nightmare. In planning for this town it would appear to be a major concern knowing future populations. It seems basic planning principles were ignored and have led to the congestion. I see parallel roads and better interconnectivity with other parts of the town and alternatives avenues to a state highway bypass to solve this problem; however, I see this problem as an unneeded strain on the population. The congestion will only get worse in future years.
What do any of you all see as an approach to this problem, perhaps using smart growth approaches toward new development, or do small changes that could lead to a greater impact on future congestion? It seems to be just a way of life for this town, it is rather sad; however, from the outside looking in, it is also rather shocking. Knowing that the town is going to have substantial growth soon it would appear that some strategic planning might lessen congestion.
Thanks for any comments.