Wenatchee city officials were all ears during an open house on potential lane reduction changes along North Wenatchee Avenue Wednesday. The city solicited feedback from the public about reducing the northern corridor from four to two lanes from Fifth Street north to Miller Street. City officials say the narrowing of the roadway would make room for bicycle lanes, landscaping, better turning for commercial trucks and a center turn lane down the entire stretch. But an obvious caveat would be a bottlenecking of traffic down the avenue's busiest section.
Bicyclists attending the open house said they're looking forward to a safer ride into the downtown. City Engineer Steve King says he's well aware that motorists far outweigh bike riders in the valley. Other reasons behind the city's consideration of the projects includes easier access into the downtown. But most businesses owners aren't happy with what's been proposed says King. If approved, construction of the 927-thousand dollar project would start this summer. For more info about the project you can call city engineer Gary Owen at 888-3204 or visit the city's website at www.wenatcheewa.gov.