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New 46th Street Reconstruction Plan Gets Shot Down

Posted at: 01/16/2013 10:56 PM
Updated at: 01/16/2013 11:12 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Carol Salmon is out walked her dog through her East Harriet neighborhood. She's lived in the area for 25 years. She supports a plan to reconstruct 46th Street in Minneapolis.

"I think that it's great, " Salmon said.

The project is a short one. It is exactly four blocks long on 46th Street between Dupont Ave and Lyndale Avenue. The city has two proposals but backs one that involves a new road, curbs, gutters and new driveways. Plus it would remove parking on the south side of the street, narrow the street from 44 feet to 40 feet and add bike lanes.

But when Salmon attended a Q&A session at St. Lukes Episcopal Church on Colfax Wednesday night, she realized some of her neighbors don't support the project. And the city got an earful from them. 

"This is discouraging people from getting into biking," One resident said. 

Their big concerns were pedestrian safety, from crossing the street to cars running stops signs. Another issue was about parking for local businesses.

In a letter from the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association it says, "the city needs to rethink its plans." Business owner Terry Thomson agrees.

"That means we'll be losing money, our sales will not be as high as we've had for the last 8 years," Thomson said.

In the end residents and business owners think the city needs to come up with a better plan. One that takes in their needs and concerns.