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Small town saves itself by NOT widening its Main Street

Hamburg, New York has US 62 for its Main Street. The State DOT was going to add a lane to it, remove parking and narrow sidewalks — but town residents had other ideas. Eventually they had the road “rebuilt to slow traffic and aid pedestrians. The changes have inspired business investment and civic activity.” Read […]

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City says highway expansion is still on the table

The N’West Iowa Review reported this past weekend that Sioux Center’s Main Street expansion is still a possibility: City leaders unveiled its [sic] newest five-year capital improvement plan to the Sioux Center City Council on Oct. 10. One of the items on the plan was the controversial road expansion. Later in the article city manager […]

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DOT commission pulls funding for Highway 75 widening project

WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE DID IT! From KTIV: A highway widening project in Sioux Center, Iowa is officially off the table. The Iowa Department of Transportation Commission met Tuesday, and pulled the $3.4 million dollars set aside in fiscal year 2015 to widen Highway 75 through Sioux Center. That money will be put into another […]

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Responding to traffic growth, Sioux Falls city planners say bigger roads aren’t the answer

Here’s a good example of transportation planning from Sioux Falls that reflects the current best practices for managing growth, maintaining safety, and accommodating a wide variety of people and modes of transport. From the Argus Leader: As the Sioux Falls metropolitan area expands toward 250,000 people, and traffic becomes more troublesome, planners say more and […]

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CRG presents case against expansion to DOT Commissioners

This morning, representatives of Sioux Center Citizens For Responsible Growth asked a panel of Iowa Department of Transportation Commissioners to withdraw the DOT’s share of funding for a $6.7 million Highway 75 expansion through the heart of Sioux Center. The expansion was funded in the DOT’s 2013-2017 plan. The CRG traveled to attend the public […]

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KCAU TV coverage of the community meeting

Sioux City’s KCAU TV (Channel 9) did a great story on the big community meeting turnout that has shut down the city council’s expansion plans…for now.  Some memorable quotes: It’s a strip of the highway that’s been undergoing makeovers for decades. First it was 2 lanes, then 4, now it’s down to 3 lanes. But there […]

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Road Diets are one of FHWA’s Proven Safety Countermeasures

Road Diets are one of Federal Highway Administration’s “Proven Safety Countermeasures.” This means our own Main Street’s reduction from 4 lanes to 3 is frequently encouraged by the FHWA and State DOTs for safety reasons. This is known as a “road diet.” From the FHWA’s safety website: The classic roadway reconfiguration, commonly referred to as […]

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AARP: Let’s put an end to streets that are “Dangerous by Design”

In 2011 a report called “Dangerous by Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths” was released by the AARP and Transportation for America. The AARP has made pedestrian deaths a point of concern because it is disproportionately older adults who are killed. Recognizing it is often poor street design that does not account for people […]

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