LEBANON — City Council members decided against reclassifying Dulac Street from a two-way street to a one-way street Wednesday night by not moving to make a motion on the proposed ordinance change.
Dulac Street residents supported the proposal because it was a way to calm traffic and accommodate a high capacity drainage system without affecting their properties.
However, residents at large were mostly opposed to the measure and councilors sided with the city’s greater connectivity, said City Manager Greg Lewis Thursday.
“They respected the need of the residents of Dulac Street, but because it is a connecting street and because every time you make a street one-way it has a ripple effect on other streets, they didn’t feel comfortable,” Lewis said.
Dulac Street is sandwiched between a steep slope and the Mascoma River, said Lewis.
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.
“It would be a lot easier if we didn’t have those drainage issues,” he said.
Lewis has asked engineers on the project to design the street as two-way, but city officials will continue to engage residents of Dulac Street and the city at large on the project.
“We have a philosophy that when we go out and do things we listen to residents,” he said.