At Tuesday’s work session, councilors approved a test run proposal to re-stripe South Willamette between 24th and 32nd avenues.
Right now the street has four lanes, two lanes going in each direction.
During the test run, the street will change to three lanes, one lane going in each direction and a turn lane, along with bike lanes on either side.
This debate has been more than year in the making. The debate centered around safety and making the street more cohesive.
“I think rather than operating from our fears we should all be focusing on making this street an exceptional success for everyone, with as little interference with business and traffic flow as possible,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy.
“My real concern was about safety, but I believe this option’s going to give us more congestion and less safety. And the firefighters said the same thing,” said Councilor Mike Clark.
The restriping is just a test.
Council will revisit it in a year — to see how people felt about the restriping.