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No two-way traffic through downtown Alpena

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on September 6, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

There will be no two-way traffic through the heart of downtown Alpena.

That decision was finalized by City Council Tuesday night, when Councilwoman Susan Nielsen changed her vote after previously approving the conversion from one-way to two-way almost one year ago to the day.

Nielsen said she is concerned the change would have created public safety issues for motorists and non-motorists alike.  “Businesses don’t want it and citizens don’t want it,” Neilsen added.

But Councilman Mike Nowak was quick to remind Neilsen that according to his research about 52 percent of people supported the change.  He said he was disappointed it took council such a long period of time to reach Tuesday’s decision.

Councilpersons Cindy Johnson and Shawn Sexton were also against the change.  Mayor Matt Waligora supported it.

City staff had spent the past two years studying, planning and organizing the street changes council previously approved.  So had the Downtown Development Authority and others.

Carter Street was part of the overall two-way traffic conversion plan and so was the reverse angle parking along a stretch of River Street.  The city has no plans to undo those two parts of the project.

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