Des Moines' latest "road diet" isn't sitting well for some drivers who are lobbying for the city to undo changes made in a pilot street project.
Why it matters: The $200K project completed just weeks ago in Highland Park's business corridor was devised as a way to calm traffic and improve safety following concerns about speeding, as well as crash rates that were nearly double the statewide average.
- But critics contend it's poorly designed and dangerous.
What's happening: Neighbors launched an online petition after Euclid Avenue's four lanes, from 12th Street to 2nd Avenue, were converted last month into single lanes in each direction, with a center turn lane.
- Some argue that concrete curb bump-outs used to help narrow the street are difficult to distinguish.
- The project is under evaluation by city and state traffic officials for at least the next year before they determine whether the changes will be made permanent.
What they're saying: DSM resident Kathryn Williams told Jason she's concerned with public safety and posted on neighborhood social media app Nextdoor to alert others.
- Highland Park Neighborhood Association vice president Phil Herman said more signage and paint markings are likely needed to make bump-outs more visible. He believes the project needs further review.
Got thoughts? Des Moines' Traffic and Transportation division can be reached at 515-283-4973 or via email at [email protected].
- Almost 40 people have made comments to the city about the project in the last month, some before it was completed.
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