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Posted on: July 17, 2015

Main Street traffic flow changing

On Thursday, July 23, a contractor will begin re-striping Main Street between the railroad tracks and Kansas Avenue. Crews will be striping with a three-lane concept, changing the flow of traffic in the downtown area.

When striping is completed, there will be one lane of traffic in each direction with a continuous left turn lane in the middle.

City Engineer Steve Cottrell said the new configuration will aid traffic flow and increase safety.

“It’ll make it a little safer that thru traffic can stay in their lane and people that are going to turn left can be in a separate lane,” Cottrell said.

The three-lane configuration was approved by the Commission in 2014 after it had been reviewed by the CIP Committee, and the Downtown Master Plan Committee.

“The traffic count on Main Street is 4,430 vehicles per day, which will be easily handled with the new three-lane configuration,” Cottrell said. “As a reference, Campus Drive north of Mary Street, currently striped with three lanes, has a traffic count of 4,875.”

Parking stalls will be painted at a later date by City crews.

“We’ll change the angle of the parking and gain additional spaces every block,” Cottrell said. “Everybody should be able to get in and out easier.”

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