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City Adds Lanes And Takes Them Away On H Avenue
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - Some streets in Cedar Rapids have a new look that not everyone is happy about it. H Avenue Northeast has gone from four lanes to two to accommodate new bike lanes.
The city said adding the lanes is part of an effort to provide easy access for cyclists to local bike trails.
Yet, some neighbors believe the road is just too busy to be cut down to two lanes. They said they're worried it will back up traffic and pose dangers for cyclists.
The city explained theyve added lanes to Cedar Rapids roads before, and that they think the transition will go smoothly.
The drivers have adjusted in those locations with no significant reported issues so we feel that it would be able to be adjusted without any significant issues in this location also, Craig Hanson with the City of Cedar Rapids said.
Randel Dopp, who lives on H Avenue, isnt convinced.
Its just going to cause a lot of confusion, a lot of upset people, and its a bad deal, Dopp said.
The city also added that its engineers considered traffic concerns before making the H Avenue changes.