Drainage work could turn Lebanon road into one-wayBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
July 16. 2014 10:52PM
LEBANON — City Council has been asked to adopt a new ordinance that would change Dulac Street from a two-way street to a one-way street.
Heavy rains in July 2013 brought about the need to reconstruct Slayton Hill Road and improve the drainage system and reconstruct Dulac Street.
During the design phase for the Dulac Street project, city engineers discovered that to adequately plan for future storm events dramatic improvements to the drainage system would be required.
The city staff recommendation to reclassify the street came after several months of public engagement including community meetings and an online survey.
It is simply not possible to add 100-year storm infrastructure to Dulac Street without either impacting private properties or converting the street to one-way, said City Engineer Christina Hall on Wednesday. If the street remains two-way, homeowners’ front lawns would be impacted by up to eight feet to accommodate the needed drainage, she said.
Not surprisingly, residents of Dulac Street favor the proposed ordinance, while other residents say they favor leaving the street two-way, Hall said.
“We’re trying to meet the needs of the drainage and trying to lessen impact to the homeowners,” Hall said. “At the same time, making it one-way affects the whole city.”
A travel direction has not yet been finalized, but the residents of Dulac Street would prefer travel in a westerly direction from Water Street to Slayton Hill Road. Staff has requested council members decide on the direction during deliberations after the close of the public hearing, which was Wednesday night.