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Lebanon city council mulls one-way for Dulac Street

Union Leader Correspondent

July 17. 2014 10:39PM

LEBANON — City council members asked for more information Wednesday night on reclassifying Dulac Street from a two-way street to a one-way street, as well as other possible alternatives to the storm drainage dilemma.

City council members want more information on the consequences of converting the road to one-way, said City Manager Greg Lewis.

Council members also want to know if two alternatives proposed Wednesday are viable. The first alternative would keep the street open to two-way traffic but would not be standard road width. The second alternative would create a cul-de-sac at the end of Dulac Street so that it would not be open to through traffic.

Heavy rains in July 2013 brought about the need to reconstruct and improve drainage on many city streets, including 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.

On Wednesday night, city staff recommended the council reclassify one-way to accommodate the needed drainage infrastructure that would protect not only the street but yards and driveways from future washouts.

The overall feeling of the council Wednesday night was that the street should be reconstructed to meet 100-year-storm requirements without hurting resident’s properties, Lewis said.

According to City Engineer Christina Hall, if the street remains two-way, homeowners front lawns would taken by up to eight feet to accommodate the needed drainage.

The meeting was well attended by residents of Dulac Street as well as other residents.

“It kind of boiled down to most of the Dulac Street residents were in favor of the one-way, people outside the area they expressed concerns about the one-way impacting their use of their properties or transportation,” Lewis said.

Lewis said city officials have engaged the public in the planning process, but would like to finish the project this construction season. “I don’t want the people on Dulac Street to experience more trauma. I really want to meet their needs,” Lewis said. “The goal was to complete the project by the end of the summer or this fall.”

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