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Road diet talks could return to Waverly City Council next Monday

WAVERLY, Iowa (KWWL) -- The controversial change and possible reversal of Bremer Avenue in Waverly will come before the city council for discussion once again.

On the agenda for January 27th, there are two items concerning Bremer Avenue. The first is discussion on the city's "Multi-Model Transportation Plan" with supporting documents from last August regarding further discussion on the topic. The next item on the agenda also concerns Bremer Avenue, specifically, a review of emergency response times.

The city voted to support the conversion of Bremer Avenue from 4-lanes to 3-lanes, often referred to as a "road diet," in August 2018.

The "road diet" saw quite a bit of controversy in Waverly, from criticisms by everyday citizens to first responders who say they were seeing longer than average response times. On the other hand, the Iowa DOT says the change was done to decrease the types of accidents that often occurred on Bremer Avenue.

KWWL did a special report on the Waverly "road diet" last year.

Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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