Article from MEN (can't seem to find it online--copied from email):
Petition wants traffic shift overturned
BY DANIELLE PORTTEUS firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 1,100 people have signed an online petition against the reconfiguration of S. Monroe St. between Third St. and Elm Ave.
Last week, the Monroe City Council voted 4- 3 to approve the change from five lanes of traffic to three lanes.
The petition is on the Web site www.change.org
. According to the site, the reason the petition was created was because people felt the change would “ impede traffic in downtown Monroe by creating a bottleneck and add to the congestion in traffic downtown on a daily basis.”
Those who signed the petition expressed concern over the road becoming backed up when I-75 traffic is diverted through town due to traffic crashes or road repairs.
“ We also feel there is sufficient parking for the current businesses operating in the downtown district,” the petition creator Deb Owens of Monroe writes. “ We do not agree that this change will make the community more walkable.”
People throughout Monroe County have signed the online petition, which had 1,124 signatures as of this morning.
In signing the petition, Jennifer Young of Monroe said she travels S. Monroe St. daily.
“ Traffic is bad enough with four lanes. I can’t imagine only two and a turn lane,” she wrote. “I’ll have to go a different way to work.”
Katherine Whiteaker called Monroe St. “extremely busy” and said reducing lanes and adding parking will only add to the congestion. “ We should be looking for ways to facilitate the increased traffic flow not slow it down,” she wrote.
The petition could have little impact on the decision, which now rests with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
A council member who voted in favor of the plan could have the reconfiguration brought back to the council for a vote if that person has reconsidered.
Councilman William Sisk, who said initially he was against the plan, voted in favor of the reconfiguration. On Tuesday, Mr. Sisk said that he would wait until the city hears from MDOT on the plan before making any decisions. “I want to see what the professionals have to say,” he said. “It’s their road.”
“ We do not agree that this change will make the community more walkable.”
— Deb Owens
Who initiated online petition