(Atlantic) After a lengthy discussion the Atlantic City Council will request that the Iowa Department of Transportation allow the city to convert 2nd Street from Buck Creek Road to Chestnut Street from a four lane Street to three lanes. The city council has agreed to allow a five foot bike lane on both sides. That portion of the street would have 2 travel lanes with a center turn lane.
Atlantic City Councilman Dana Halder said, “My question is. Are we getting a little ahead of ourselves by not knowing what the plan is bringing this trail in from the north?”
Atlantic City Councilman Steve Livengood says it is his understanding that the T-Bone Trail is actually coming to the quarry. “We are coming farther into town,” stated Livengood. “I guess it depends on how you look at it whether these trails go to the north or come from the north and we really don’t have anyway for the bicyclists to get out to Schildberg’s now and we don’t have anyway for the bikes coming into Schildbergs’ from the T-bone trail to get into town.”
Myra Kail, of the Nishna Valley Trails Association says her intent is that trail ultimately needs to come into Atlantic if it’s going to benefit this community in the way they know it can. “Into Atlantic as far as I am concerned, doesn’t mean Schildberg Quarry,” stated Kail. “ It means into the city proper where you can get shopping and where you can get food and find a bathroom, things like that. We are looking at bringing bicyclists into our community not just to the edge of it.”
The resolution passed 6-1. Councilman Chris Jimmerson cast the note vote citing safety issues.
“It is well traveled and yes we do have people going out to Schildbergs and using the yard waste site.” Stated Jimmerson. “But I do have a concern about a kid riding a bike on Buck as well as an adult.”
Proponents of the bike lane want to provide a connection for bicyclists between downtown Atlantic and the Schildberg Recreational Area. DOT officials told Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris that the stretch of 2nd street could be restriped to turn it into a three lane road.
The photo below shows some of the bike route alternatives
June 21, 2012