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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Council Alters Washington Avenue Plan

Residents of Washington Avenue met with city council member, Ken Bowman, City-contracted Engineer,  Rob Hans, and  General Services Director, Kevin Barbian. FTM file. 
By Robin Gee

After meeting with residents, Fort Thomas city council approved a change in plans concerning Washington Avenue at its May council meeting.

Residents who live on the street petitioned council in April to reconsider a plan to widen the avenue as part of the proposed street improvements for 2017. While residents were pleased with road surfacing, sidewalk and curb repairs, they feared widening of the street would bring more traffic and jeopardize safety.

RELATED: Council Asked To Reconsider Washington Avenue Plans 

On May 10, council member Ken Bowman, the city engineer and other city staff met with residents onsite to take another look at the project. The engineer recommended that council remove the plan to widen the portion from the intersection of Fischer Lane and Lafayette Avenue to the city limits.

Due to safety and traffic concerns, plans remain in place for widening of the east side of the first block of the street from Highland Avenue to the Fischer/Lafayette intersection.

The city also will look into adding signage aimed at discouraging drive through traffic in the neighborhood.

"This is a good example of how government should work," said Councilman Bowman.

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