More cars = more people downtown

SANDUSKY Increased traffic is helping drive downtown business. According to r
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Increased traffic is helping drive downtown business.

According to recent average daily traffic counts, more cars are rolling through the city's downtown.

On the 200 block of Wayne Street, traffic has increased 18 percent since 2005, while the 200 block of Jackson Street has seen a 23 percent increase in traffic since 2005, said city Traffic Engineer Joshua Snyder.

Snyder said that's a significant increase for average daily traffic.

"It's definitely a good sign," said John Lippus, downtown development director. "It shows that people are aware that there's more to do downtown."

Lippus said credit for theincrease in traffic is due both to long-time downtown businesses and the wave of additional commercial and residential developments.

Bryan Peitz of Admiral's Daughter, 126 Columbus Ave., said this summer was the best the store has seen in 10 years.

"It was an excellent summer," he said.

Admiral's Daughter, previously known as The Basket Occasion, has been in downtown Sandusky for 22 years.

Wendy Dobyns, executive assistant at the Sandusky State Theatre said that it has been fantastic to see the downtown coming alive again.

Dobyns said that with each show, the audience at the theatre continues to grow. More than 1,000 tickets were sold for Thursday's Rodney Carrington show.

Dobyns said the new residents and restaurants are bringing a new energy to the downtown.

Peitz agreed that more restaurants and development downtown have helped bring people in.

"We'll see how it goes," Peitz said of the downtown's future. "But we definitely have hope."

Snyder said traffic counts are used for development purposes and also for designing roads.

Using a traffic counting device that operates off of a magnetic field, the device can also measure the size and speed of the vehicles.