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East D St. bike route plan to surface again

The controversial plans to create a bike route by installing roundabouts and removing stop signs on East D Street have been stalled recently, but they will go forward this summer.

The plan surfaced last year after the City Council approved an emissions reduction grant designed to calm traffic. The one-year pilot project is designed to slow traffic and encourage bicycles by installing roundabouts on two to three intersections on the street. But many residents on East D Street organized in opposition to the plans, saying removal of stop signs would be too dangerous.

According to Curt Bates, a city engineer, the city will begin to solicit public input and information on the plan again in late May. A council vote on the plans scheduled in December was delayed after residents complained. The proposal has been stalled since then due to other work in the Public Works Department.

— Argus-Courier Staff


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