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Opposes street change

April 7, 2012
Messenger News

To the editor:

Let's keep four-lane Second Avenue South open from Third to 12th Street. This is a direct route that easily handles current traffic of varying sizes and amounts. This traffic is mostly through traffic making use of Eighth Street to head to/from Fifth Avenue South and at 12th Street intersection to go to/from First Avenue South and Fifth Avenue South. This intersection currently very ably handles east/west traffic. Perchance future traffic patterns increase if/when First Avenue South becomes two-way, then decide if the intersection needs modification. Justify any changes based on need.

If Second Avenue South is closed as proposed, what happens to the service station at the corner of Seventh Street and Second Avenue South? What compensation will be required for the service station at Eighth Street because of a major change in traffic flow when/if Second Avenue South is closed to east/west versus four-way now?

If First Avenue South is closed between Fifth and Sixth Streets, what consequences will this closure have on the DART Bus System and Daniel Tire Co. and other businesses along that street?

Suppose the recreational center proponents had made an offer on all of block 4 and 5 between First and Second Streets South which would put the rec center closer to Central Avenue with more space for the building and parking than they would have at the former Fareway site. This area cleaned up with a new enterprise would be a plus plus plus for the city and enhance this part of town. It would also give greater visibility to the city library and other enterprises in that area, bringing more activity to that part of town, which is understood to be one of the program objectives along with having a new recreational center.

Keep Second Avenue South open from Third to 12th Street. Is common sense available?

V.H. Boekelman

Fort Dodge



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