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Summit Street eyed for trucks

Postby Big Dog » Wed Nov 30, 2005 4:52 pm

Summit Street eyed for trucks

CROWN POINT | At least one member of a Traffic and Parking Steering Committee wants to add a topic to the list of those up for discussion at tonight's public workshop on the future of downtown traffic.

Mary Jo Klepsch wants to see the committee study the possibility of making Summit Street a truck route to pull truck traffic away from the square. Klepsch said she's spoken with an engineer from LSL Planning Inc., the company hired by the city to create a 10-year plan for improving circulation around the square, who said the move would likely not be a problem.

"It would be such a simple thing to say trucks over so many pounds are not to go downtown," Klepsch said.

The committee Klepsch sits on includes city officials, local business owners and representatives from the Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce, Stewards of the Square and the Crown Point Historic Preservation Commission. The group, which came up with questions for LSL to answer through its study, has been meeting since August. LSL will share some of its preliminary findings at the meeting tonight.

Currently, the changes the committee is considering to help traffic flow around the square include rerouting U.S. 231 through the property currently occupied by the Chase bank, Klepsch said.

City Council member Carol Drasga, R-at large, agrees it doesn't make sense to make it easier for trucks to pass through the downtown when economic indicators point to big increases in truck traffic nationally in the coming years.

Earlier in the day, during a talk with residents, Mayor Dan Klein said studies have shown that a separate truck route could take traffic away from the downtown. He also pointed out that Summit Street has Timothy Ball Elementary School on it.

But Drasga said trucks using U.S. 231 already pass St. Mary Catholic Community School and will pass the new middle school.

"Who wants the truck route? Nobody," Drasga said. "But it's got to go somewhere. I think it's injurious to our downtown."

Besides truck traffic, Economic Development Director Frank Mosko has said the meeting will address the city's interest in acquiring property stretching along the west side of East Street from Robinson Court to U.S. 231. The city also will show a number of possible locations for new public parking around the square.

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A public meeting about plans for the downtown will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the old courthouse courtroom. A brief presentation will be given at 7 p.m
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