Monroe residents against roadway changes

Published: Aug. 30, 2019 at 6:03 PM EDT
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Orange signs paint the neighborhood along Cass Street in Monroe, Michigan. Residents are not happy about their busy one-way streets being converted to two lanes.

"It's really busy and you're going to have a clear shot from Telegraph to Monroe Street, and it's nonstop," explains worried homeowner Melissa Bolicki.

The City of Monroe approved a plan back in July to convert four streets, including W. 7th St., to two-lane roadways. When residents found out about the change, they expressed their concerns with City Council but felt they weren't being heard.

"Their position was that this was already a done deal," says Ed Schwartz, who called into the 13abc newsroom to notify us of the neighborhood movement. "They had already passed this at a previous meeting, and that's part of the problem."

Eleven streets downtown will be affected overall. With the city adding parking bays, the project amounts to $40,000 in taxpayer money to convert the streets.

Director of Engineering for the city of Monroe Patrick Lewis explains the plan was developed over the past year with the goal to make roads safer and more neighborly rather than industrial. A traffic study was performed last fall that indicated two lanes of traffic would slow drivers down on W. 7th St.

After reaching out to city council members, representative Brian Lamour says he has heard resident's concerns and plans to request that W. 7th St. be removed from the plan at the next council meeting on Tuesday.