Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester City Council will be presented Monday afternoon with the results of a study requested by the council concerning possible changes to Elton Hills Drive Northwest.

City staff is recommending a so-called “road diet” for the four-lane roadway connecting North Broadway and Highway 52 at the 19th Street interchange. The report to the City Council argues for reducing the number of traffic lanes to a single lane in each direction, with a shared middle lane for left turns, dedicated bike lanes, and one-side parking but also lists a number of other options that could be implemented to slow speed and improve safety.

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The possibility of reducing the number of traffic lanes has been controversial. It triggered the formation of a grass-roots citizen’s group opposed to the plan and a recent public input meeting on the staff study and its recommendation attracted almost 250 Rochester residents. The report suggests the City Council could schedule a public hearing next month before taking a formal vote on the issue.

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