Trowbridge will get more two-way traffic

Ryan Lewis, Editor

Two-way traffic along Trowbridge Street in Allegan will extend one more block after it is resurfaced in the fall.

Allegan City council members voted 6-0 Monday, Aug. 25, to switch the west-bound-only traffic between Chestnut and Walnut streets to two-way.

Plans call for switching the angled parking to parallel parking and for moving the post office mailbox to the north side of the road.

City manager Rob Hillard said the changes would result in an overall loss of seven to 10 spaces but was part of a long-term plan.

“It’s aimed at relieving limitations on traffic patterns in downtown Allegan,” he said. “Anecdotally, people get lost in Allegan with all the one-way streets; that’s from the (city’s Downtown Development Authority) perspective. Patrons in downtown see that on a regular basis.”

He said some of the loss of parking could be made up in the future as the county redevelops the site of the soon-to-be former jail along Walnut Street. The east side of that road would no longer need several dedicated sheriff department parking lots.

Hillard said the postmaster was neutral on the plan.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Aug. 28 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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