Bellingham's Roosevelt neighborhood opposes turn restrictions on Alabama

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 13, 2014 

Alabama Street traffic

The view down Alabama Street from the pedestrian bridge at the top of the hill, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in Bellingham.

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BELLINGHAM - City officials will take comments from Roosevelt neighborhood residents over a proposal to extend East North Street to the east, to provide some dead-end streets off Alabama Street better access to points east.

A proposal to block left turns on Alabama would most affect the dead-end streets Queen, Toledo, Racine and Undine - at least that's what the city's proposed fix implies. Extending North Street would enable residents on the dead-end streets to access Alabama via St. Paul Street.

A 4-inch curb is proposed for the middle of Alabama to eliminate left turns and reduce the likelihood of crashes. The city plans safety upgrades on Alabama from Cornwall to St. Claire streets, with construction in 2015.

Roosevelt residents disapprove of the "C-curb" for various reasons, and some have told city officials the North Street extension is not a solution.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew St.

Reach Ralph Schwartz at 360-715-2289 or ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Politics blog at bellinghamherald.com/politics-blog or get updates on Twitter at @bhampolitics.

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