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August 28, 2013

Norman residents invited to provide their opinions about West Lindsey Street project

NORMAN — There is no way round it; city council members want pubic input on whether Lindsey Street improvements should include roundabouts, slower speeds and two lanes rather than four lanes east of McGee Drive.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal proposed the public hearing for Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday.

“I’ve been struggling with this whole thing quite a bit and to this day don’t know which one’s better,” Council member Chad Williams said of the proposals.

Williams said he wants feedback from his constituents to learn what they want.

“It’s their road,” he said. “They’re the ones paying for it.”

Council member Lynne Miller said while the ballot language would not specifically prohibit the changes proposed by the University of Oklahoma, there was a perception of what would be done on Lindsey when people voted in favor of the transportation bond package. She also wants to hear from people.

“There was a lot of input in the original plan,” Miller said.

OU, through its Institute of Quality Communities, has supported landscaped medians and other aesthetic and safety improvements that Norman city staff has supported.

The sticking point, however, has been whether roundabouts are appropriate rather than signal lights at some of the intersections along Lindsey. Also under dispute has been whether Lindsey should be widened to four lanes for the entire distance from 24th Avenue Southwest to Berry Road.

The university has proposed that Lindsey be widened to four lanes west of McGee Drive but use two lanes east of McGee Drive. The road would maintain the same width as the four-lane footprint, but with buffered bike lanes and an auxiliary lane replacing one lane of traffic. The auxiliary lane would allow CART bus stops and for vehicles to transition out of the flow of traffic as they turn into business driveways.

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