Currently two lanes of eastbound traffic and two lanes of westbound traffic go through the center of town. Even residents may not realize it, but McElree said westbound traffic actually is on Branch Street, which parallels Broad. He said if Broad becomes a two-way street, traffic would be restricted on Branch Street.

Council member Ed Scholl said traffic moves too dangerously fast in a town that council is trying to make more pedestrian friendly. He said that section of Broad is “the only passing zone where you can speed up to get around other cars” on Route 313 between Route 309 and Doylestown.

McElree said making a Broad a two-way street might improve downtown business as well as safety. He said the state Department of Transportation estimates 17,000 vehicles a day use Broad Street. He said now only half of those cars pass in front of the stores along Broad.