Changing Rose Street to three lanes is a bad idea. Three-lane roads are dangerous.
When I was growing up in Wenatchee, Wenatchee Avenue going into town was three lanes. There was a six-car pileup. Three cars traveling one way and three cars coming from the opposite direction suddenly decided to pass. After that horrific crash the avenue was changed to a two-lane road which lasted until it was widened to four lanes.
While living in New Jersey, we often traveled on Highway 35, a three-lane road. It was so dangerous that some people had bumper stickers saying, “Stay alive on 35.”
I am guessing that the middle lane will be designated a turning lane. Whether it is designated a turning lane or a passing lane, people following a pokey driver will use it to pass. Sooner or later two drivers traveling in the opposite direction will try to pass. Whamo! If both drivers are traveling at 35 miles per hour, that will equal hitting a wall at 70 mph.
Whoever is making this decision needs to think about the unintended consequences.
Victor R. Phillips