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LIMA — City officials might change their minds about keeping High Street a one-way street, Mayor David Berger said Wednesday.

City Engineer Kirk Niemeyer wants additional public input about the possibility from area property owners, stakeholders and the public about the idea. The city is reconsidering the option after getting positive feedback about changing Elm and Spring streets from one-way to two-way traffic.

“We went back and looked at why we kept High Street one-way, and the decision centered around the convenience of the post office and Fed Ex drop boxes in the 400 block of West High Street,” Niemeyer said.

The city is considering converting the street to two-way traffic and building an island for the mail boxes, Niemeyer said. Downtown Lima Inc. and the Lima post office provided positive feedback about the idea, Niemeyer said, and the city wants to hear more input.

Reconstructing High Street between Metcalf Street and Central Avenue is the third of five phases of construction in and around the downtown the city is engaged in.

The first phase was reconstructing Spring and Elm streets, and converting the streets to two-way traffic. The second phase is under construction now on West and Elizabeth streets. The third phase, improvements on Wayne and High streets, are being designed now. The city wants the input from the public by July 3, Niemeyer said.

If the road is converted and the island used, parallel parking would remain and proposed bike lanes would change to a shared bike lane. The city doesn’t yet have funding for construction of High Street and Wayne Street improvements. The city has been using grant money to help fund much of the previous work that has also included moving state route designations, improving traffic flow and increasing bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

“We want to see if we can facilitate downtown travel and the ease of dropping off mail,” Berger said.

For information about the project, or provide input, call 419-998-5508 or email kirk.niemeyer@cityhall.lima.oh.us.

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