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September 4, 2013

Lindsey Street community members speak for and against roundabout

NORMAN — Norman resident, attorney Larry Naifeh, summed up the passionate feelings expressed at city hall Tuesday at the Lindsey Street Public Forum.

“This is personal,” Naifeh said.

Lindsey has large beautiful homes, but also smaller homes and rental properties and a family run liquor store.

“That’s community,” he said. “Do not motorize our Lindsey east of Berry or I’ll be back speaking to you has a lawyer.”

Changes to the Lindsey Street design include adding a continuous raised center median with landscaping (triple canopy), mid-block pedestrian crossings, U-turns at intersections and mid-block, 5-foot sidewalks, colorized bike lanes, and the addition of bike parking.

The city, responding to suggestions from the

University of Oklahoma, has agreed on these common ideas for safety and aesthetic improvements for Lindsey Street.

In dispute is whether Lindsey Street should be four lanes all the way from 24th Avenue Southwest to Berry or if it should transition at Wylie to two lanes each way with wider bike lanes and transition lanes for buses and turning off into businesses.

Most controversial is whether any of the intersections should be managed with a roundabout rather than a traditional signal light.

While early proposals from the university’s Institute for Quality Communities suggested three roundabouts along Lindsey, the latest proposal is for a single roundabout at Lindsey and Berry Road.

Attorney Harold Heiple, representing the Norman Developers Council said though the NDC supported the suggestions of the IQC, publicity materials prior to the transportation bond promised four lanes.  NDC still supports a single lane roundabout at Berry Road but is now supporting four lanes of traffic as proposed by city staff.      

OU Executive Vice President Nick Hathaway said the university wants Lindsey to be a minor arterial, not a major arterial. Lindsey should be a destination, he said.

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