Valpo tries to ease Lincolnway left turn woes

2013-07-11T00:00:00Z Valpo tries to ease Lincolnway left turn woesPhil Wieland phil.wieland@nwi.com, (219) 548-4352 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | The city's Traffic and Safety Committee continues to struggle to find solutions to the "No left turn-itis" problem on Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso.

The closing of Lafayette Street between Lincolnway and Indiana Avenue for the summer and permanently next year when the Central Park Plaza is expanded is leaving westbound drivers with few options to go south once they pass Michigan Street.

The next option is now Napoleon Street, and the closing of Lafayette is funneling more vehicles to that option. This creates occasional backups, which Public Works Director Matt Evans said sometimes extend all the way between Napoleon and Lafayette.

On Tuesday, the committee agreed to Engineering Director Tim Burkman's suggestion to temporarily eliminate the parallel parking slot on the north side of Lincolnway closest to the corner.

This will give drivers enough room to go around at least a couple of vehicles trying to make the turn. It also was suggested the parking slot on the south side at the intersection be eliminated to perhaps provide enough room to create a left turn lane.

Burkman said he would do some measurements and draw some lines to see if that would work and present it at the committee's August meeting.

A request to install a crosswalk on Campbell Street at Haas Street was rejected by the committee as too dangerous.

Instead, the committee is considering moving the flashing school zone sign on the east side of the road farther south. It's now just north of Haas in front of the school rather than two blocks from the school like the warning sign on the other side. The pavement marking also would be moved south.

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