Diamond in the rough

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By Carol A. Clark

Focused efforts are underway to minimize the impact Diamond Drive Phase II has on area businesses, commuters, bicyclists and pedestrians. Council voted 6-to-1 Tuesday in favor of retaining a split-phased traffic signal at the intersection of Diamond Drive / Arkansas Avenue / 38th Street while road construction affects the area’s ebb and flow.

Council Vice Chair Robert Gibson voted against the motion.

“I think it would work better for everyone without the left turns,” Gibson said. “Through traffic would be delayed much less. Fewer people would bypass the Conoco intersection on residential streets. Traffic to North Community including the businesses will usually get to its destination faster via the Urban Road detour rather then waiting in backed up traffic for the left arrow.”

Phase II will run through October and area businesses have expressed serious concern about their livelihoods.

At the request of Councilor Ken Milder, council heard staff discussion and public comment on the issue Tuesday evening in Council Chambers.

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