The Streets Committee for the Paonia Town Council invited citizens to come hear plans drawn up by SGM Engineering for the Third Street Project. The meeting was held on Feb. 11 before the town council met.
This was just a first meeting of preliminary discussion on the Third Street Project. It was not a public hearing and the full board of trustees was not present.
SGM's Brandyn Bair, project engineer, and Chad Paulson, public services sector leader, gave a presentation and shared possible plans for widening Third Street and putting a roundabout in at Third and Grand Avenue. It should be noted neither idea was being promoted or encouraged by SGM. Their drawings showed various ways ideas that had been suggested could be accommodated.
Members of the public saw no benefit to widening the street through the well-established neighborhood. Too many sidewalks, trees, private property and businesses would have to be disturbed. Traffic during Sunday church services will have to be slower through that section with parking on both sides of the street as it is now or an alternate route could be chosen.
Maintenance costs for the roundabout were suggested as being unsustainable. That particular intersection is the route of school buses, ambulances and fire trucks. Large trucks and the snow plows also use the intersection.
It was suggested by one person that the roundabout could work and would not have to be as large as some are envisioning.
Some expressed displeasure with the continued problems around the railroad tracks.blog comments powered by Disqus