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Albert Lea To Examine Safety On Lakeshore Drive

July 10, 2018 07:29 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It’s not your typical city street, but even though a study found that it’s relatively safe, the city of Albert Lea may take steps to keep it that way.

"It's a peaceful neighborhood," Timothy Loverink said. “Some people drive through here a little recklessly sometimes."

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It's one of Albert Lea's most picturesque streets, but there's as much non-motorized traffic as there is motorized, and that's raised some concerns about safety.

“We do have a lot more pedestrians in this corridor, bicyclists, walkers, that maybe we do in some other roads," city manager Chad Adams said.

Lakeshore drive skirts the edge of Fountain Lake. In June, at the request of citizens,  the city surveyed traffic in the area.

"The amount of traffic per day is about 200 vehicles," Adams said. That's considered relatively light.

"Fifteen percent of the traffic was over 20 miles an hour. It is a 15-mile-per-hour zone," Adams explained.

Timothy Loverink spends much of his time fishing in the area. “There was a car going by here and a pickup truck came right by going way too fast trying to pass her when it was not necessary at all. That's just not safe."

On Monday, at the request of residents, the city council directed staff to present options for making the area safer.

"We have some areas out there that have some really tight corners so if you're going around a corner and there are pedestrians right there,  it could be a conflict with pedestrians and vehicles,” Adams told us. “So whatever we can do to try to mitigate some of that through education, signage, other forms of awareness if we deem it to be an issue."

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