Des Moines drivers petition to reverse recent "road diet" project
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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