Traffic changes set for mid-November

By Cameron Rasmusson
Reader Staff

Work on Fifth Avenue is on pace to introduce two-way traffic by mid-November, according to city officials.

Although key steps like the installation of a traffic light and the re-striping of the road have yet to take place, Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton said the local officials and Idaho Transportation Department are planning to complete the project before winter. That means control of Sandpoint’s downtown streets are expected to revert to the city’s hands around the same time.

The changes will open the door for a host of downtown revitalization projects long-planned by city officials. According to Stapleton, planning for these projects will start as early as this fall. Locals should keep their eyes open for public meetings and workshops that will determine street prioritization, project scoping and more.

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