Logan City considering ways to mitigate Center Street traffic

Logan City Public Works Director Mark Nielsen Tuesday night reports back to the Logan Municipal Council regarding Center Street traffic issues.”The citizens living there have complained about how traffic has increased and that there are too many city vehicles going up and down Center Street,” he said. “They want to maintain the historic feel of the street as much as they can, so the council asked us to look at traffic volumes and see what recommendations we might be able to come up with to meet their needs.”Nielsen says the speed of vehicles on Center Street is one of the citizens’ concerns. “Because there is no break in traffic between first west and sixth west, speed is an issue as well as the amount of traffic.”This is not an unusual request. “We get several such requests,” said Nielsen, “and we go out and investigate each one of them and come back and talk to the people about what we have found based on the standards we’re required to live with.”Is there a reason a street with such a history should be dealt with differently?”From a transportation, engineering aspect, absolutely not,” Nielsen said. “There is no difference in how I deal with traffic issues, whether it’s an historic district or not. So the council will give me input as to what I should do.”Logan citizens remember when there was a median down the middle of Center Street. “That was one of the ideas discussed,” he said. “They told us they understood it would be too expensive but that bringing back the median would be great for their neighborhood.”Nielsen said a median is supposed to have a calming effect on traffic but wouldn’t affect the amount of traffic through the area.”They (those living on Center Street) have been very patient and very good to tell us what their concerns are. The meeting will address the data we’ve gathered.”

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