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Meeting on Old West Lawrence traffic barriers moved to online format

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A public meeting to discuss the traffic project that has placed temporary barriers throughout Old West Lawrence streets — and for city staff to gather feedback for permanent installations — has been moved online.

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The format change for the meeting comes on the heels of a steep increase in local COVID-19 cases.

“The virtual meeting will remain in an open house format so people can come and go as they please,” the city said in an update Friday afternoon. “Virtual breakout rooms will provide the opportunity for smaller group discussions with the project team, including City staff, the City’s design consultant and neighborhood representatives.”

The city will post an online survey, additional information about the project, before-and-after traffic data and proposed revisions to the traffic calming plan on its website before the meeting, according to the update.

Small, temporary barriers currently in place are part of a pilot project throughout the Old West Lawrence neighborhood, which is roughly the area south of Sixth Street to Ninth Street and from Michigan Street east to the alley east of Kentucky Street. They’re intended to limit cut-through traffic on the streets and slow speeders, but they’ve raised concerns for many residents of the area. Some residents interviewed in November said the barriers raised different traffic safety concerns, such as confusion and narrower roadways, and added several blocks to their daily drives, for example.

The Zoom meeting is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. Register to participate at this link.

“The City will provide a method at City Hall for individuals without access to the internet or a telephone – and only such persons – to observe or participate in the meeting,” the update says.

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