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Residents of a Gardner subdivision addressed city council with concerns about where a road that will lead to two new schools will be built.
Ryan Beasley and Jackie Stahl said Plum Creek residents are worried that a planned extension of Grand Street set to run east of Center Street to the new schools will lead to increased traffic, safety issues and lower property values for residents there. Specifically, Beasley said residents thought a Grand Street extension would be further north of the subdivision.
“We feel if it isn’t re-aligned it could cause traffic to go through our subdivision,” Beasley said.
Contractors are already preparing the site for the street extension, which is being jointly funded between the school district and the city.
Stahl asked for council members to consider changing the plans as soon as possible.
“We would just like it to be considered,” she told council members.
At the tail end of the meeting, council members briefly addressed the topic.
Public works director David Green said the extension of Grand Street from Center Street to Moonlight Road has been included in future plans since the 1990s.
“That project is under design,” Green said.
He warned that changes could affect an annexation agreement between the school district and the city that requires work on the road to be complete by the spring of 2013.
Adding a stop light at Grand and Center Street is a future project that ideally would be meeting, done when traffic increases warranted a signal, he told council.
If traffic increases on the road 5 percent every year, the traffic likely won’t warrant a signal there for five years.
Council members agreed to discuss the Grand Street extension at a future work session.