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Council to revisit ‘road diet' plan

A four-block stretch of Petaluma Boulevard South through downtown would be reconfigured with the planned road diet project.

Terry Hankins/Argus-Courier staff
Published: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 10:05 a.m.

The City Council will revisit its plan for a “road diet” on a four-block stretch of Petaluma Boulevard South through downtown at Monday's meeting.

In October, the council voted 4-3 to accept a federal grant that will pay 80 percent of the cost of reconfiguring the Boulevard from four lanes to two wider lanes, with a two-way center turn lane. The project area is from Washington Street to D Street.

At the time, several business owners and some council members expressed concerns about the project, which is intended to improve safety and encourage more bicycle and pedestrian use of the street.

The council has a different makeup now than it did when the vote on the road diet was taken, with Pamela Torliatt and David Rabbitt no longer serving and Chris Albertson and Gabe Kearney joining the municipal board this year.

State and federal grant money would pay for $708,000 of the cost of the project, with the city picking up the remaining $200,000. The money was included in the 2010-11 fiscal year budget.

The agenda item, under “unfinished business,” calls for a resolution to approve a revised budget for the road diet.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 11 English St.

— Argus-Courier staff

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