|Map courtesy of the Spokesman-Review.|
The $7 million project would reduce Monroe from four to two lanes north of Indiana Avenue to the base of the North Hill to allow more space for a wider center turn lane and curb parking.
The business community in that area is worried that the configuration will discourage traffic and that the extended timeframe will drive away customers.
One business owner last night handed out fliers from the North Monroe Business Association at the meeting explaining these concerns about the project.
City officials have concerns as well; about safety on Monroe. A five year old girl was killed while crossing the street in 2013. Planners say planned curb extensions at the intersections would shorten crossing distances for pedestrians and increase safety.
One complaint City staff heard repeatedly was that buses would stop in the travel lanes to load and unload, blocking traffic.The plan has three bus stops affected, and creates bus pullouts at northbound stops at Montgomery and Dalton avenues. At Montgomery, buses would have a traffic light behind them to create gaps for merging back into traffic. At Dalton, an extra climbing lane up the Monroe hill would let buses to re-enter traffic.
Construction would start in 2018.