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Grand Rapids changes plan for 2015 Fuller Avenue project after public input

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A public meeting about the resurfacing of Fuller Avenue has led to a major change in the city’s plan for the street.

Before the November 2014 meeting, city engineers planned to resurface Fuller Avenue between Leonard Street and Knapp Street and, in what is called a “road diet, the street was scheduled to be converted from a four-lane street to a three-lane street, that is, one lane in each direction with a bike lane and center turn lane.

But people who attended the meeting asked engineers to count the number of vehicles, and after the count, the city changed the plan, says an engineering statement posted on the city’s web site.

“The City conducted a traffic count study within the project limits and found that the car and truck traffic had increased to 21,030 cars per day, with an estimated 840 commercial vehicles per day. With this new information, the option to convert the four lanes to three lanes was eliminated,” says the statement.

The resurfacing will still take place from June to September 2015, but the street will keep the current configuration of two lanes of traffic in both directions.

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