WENATCHEE — The city is seeking public feedback on a plan to reduce a busy part of North Wenatchee Avenue from four traffic lanes to two, to make room for bike lanes and landscaping.
The change is proposed from Fifth Street north to Miller Street. That nearly one-mile stretch of the avenue currently has two traffic lanes in either direction, plus a center turn lane.
The proposed configuration would preserve the center turn lane, but reduce traffic lanes to one in either direction and add bike lanes along both sides.
City staffers will host an open house Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chelan County PUD Auditorium at Fifth Street and North Wenatchee Avenue to give people a look at the plan and gather public opinion.
According to a presentation at a December meeting of the Wenatchee Transportation Benefit District Board, that part of the roadway is “one of the city’s most important commercial corridors.” It carries more than 11,000 vehicles daily and is heavily used by trucks, the presentation says.
The proposed changes would improve safety, slow traffic and make the road more walker-friendly, officials say, but could also cause more traffic congestion.
The road currently has no bike-specific lanes, but the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail is nearby and roughly parallel.
The proposed reconfiguration would be part of a larger project to resurface the road, add access ramps over curbs, repair water main and storm drain, improve signing and redo pavement markings. The road was last resurfaced in 1998.
Construction is planned for this summer. Grants will fund most of the $927,000 project. The remaining $238,000 will come from matching funds from the city, the presentation says.
Diagrams of the proposal will be on display for public viewing at Wednesday’s open house.
The public may also comment directly to City Engineer Gary Owen, 888-3204, email@example.com or on the city website, wenatcheewa.gov.
Christine Pratt: 665-1173