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Mike Kennedy: Key questions on Broadway Road Diet project

Mike Kennedy: Key questions on Broadway Road Diet project

From the COLLECTION: Broadway conversion sparks letters from readers series
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I believe that there are still important questions to consider regarding the Broadway Road Diet project. I have attended/listened to many council meetings when the project was discussed and ultimately supported. I have discussed these issues with many neighbors, and my wife and I have personally seen/experienced many close calls on Broadway that endangered people’s safety.

Here are important points to consider: 

Council has voted favorably numerous times over the last several years to move forward on the Broadway Road Diet project. We are a Minnesota GreenStep City and have completed and qualified for the Federal Road Diet grant. I look at that as a contractual commitment by the city to complete it.

A decision to not go forward now, without any public meeting, would be disingenuous to past support of the Broadway Road Diet and the city planner’s involvement. What are we going to do for Broadway safety if this is voted down? Is doing nothing an option? How much will you put in the future city budget for safety improvements?

The city has already spent approximately $170,000 on this project. Did we spend it without a full understanding of where we were going? 

One of the many safety aspects of the Broadway Road Diet project that is being paid for by this grant is the installation of state-mandated ADA compliant curb cuts along the 1.5-mile project. Can we reverse our commitment to the handicapped users of these necessary improvements for greater mobility on this busy street?

Having qualified for the millions of dollars in the federal grant, can we really afford to now turn down that money, and later have to find in our city budget? That seems like a fiscally irresponsible thing to do for the taxpayers.

Mike Kennedy

Winona

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