Council Approves One-Way Street by Library

One-way street tested next to the 2nd Street Community Center and library. OnFocus photo.

Temporary One-Way to be Formed in 2020

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Another section of 2nd Street will officially become a one-way after receiving final approval from the Common Council on Tuesday.

The Common Council voted 7-3 in favor of creating an eastbound one-way street for one block from S. Maple Ave. to S. Cedar Ave. by the 2nd Street Community Center and Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library. Temporary angled parking will be set up late next spring with construction for permanent curb extensions taking place in 2021.

Approved by the Board of Public Works at its Dec. 2 meeting, the item was pulled from the Consent Agenda by Alderman Tom Witzel for further debate. He criticized the survey that was taken to gather public opinion for only focusing on users of the facility and not the greater public, and suggested implementing parallel parking on both sides of the street.

Alderman Tom Buttke who represents the district in that area said he received no calls of complaint about forming a one-way street.

Alderman Steve Mac Swain said he’d received “very strong feedback” from the elderly in his district in favor of creating angled parking and mentioned they were concerned about safety if it were not put in.

Addressing the parallel parking solution, Alderman Tom Buttke Feirer said that the seniors have difficulty parallel parking and as president of the Community Center, he received complaints after the temporary one-way angled parking tested in the fall was taken down for winter.

After further discussion, Witzel’s motion to form a two-way street with parallel parking on both sides failed. The motion to move forward with the recommendation from the Board of Public Works passed with Aldermen Witzel, Adam Fischer, and Peter Hendler voting against.

Related:
-One-Way Street by Library to Move Forward
-Board of Public Works Postpones Decision on One-Way Street
-City Approves Temporary One-Way Street by Library
-City to Test One-Way Street by Library
-Public Works Debates One-Way Street by Community Center

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Kaylin Speth is a Marshfield native with a bachelor's degree in English from UW-Green Bay. She enjoys highlighting the many great things happening in the community and bringing to life the untold stories. Email the team at [email protected]