Based upon input from the community and city council, this project has been canceled and will no longer be constructed.
What is a Road Diet?
4-lane, undivided highways have a history of higher crash rates, especially in urban areas with many turning options. The main issue is that the left lane is shared by higher-speed through traffic, along with left-turning vehicles.
A road diet would reallocate the driving surface with a single lane in each direction with a shared center left-turn lane and separate bike lane.
Why even consider removing a driving lane?
Road diets provide benefits to all modes of transportation, including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Benefits can include the following:
- Crash reduction of up to 47%, including rear-end and T-bone type crashes
- Reduces and streamlines speed which increases safety and makes gap selection easier
- Increases safety for bicyclists and provides fewer lanes for pedestrians to cross
- Provides a safe space between parking lane and driving lane
- Encourages a more community focused environment
- Provide a safer turning movement for semi-trucks onto Hwy 92
Some concerns we've heard
- Excessive speeds, especially on the edges of town
- Hwy 2 is a barrier for pedestrians
- Little separation from parked vehicles downtown
- No dedicated bicycle facilities
- Sidewalks are not kept clear of snow
- Difficult for trucks to turn at Hwy 92