ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – One after another, more than a half-dozen residents stepped to the podium at last night’s St. Louis County Council meeting and made it clear they don’t want the changes being proposed through the Great Streets Initiative.

Chief among resident’s complaints was a proposal to put South County on a so-called “road diet.” As KMOX has earlier reported, the plan would install bike lanes and upgraded sidewalks, while reducing a portion of Gravois running through Affton from five to three lanes.

Resident Jennifer Bird told council members it was a “terrible idea”.

“And what I would like to see is if you’re going to shove it my neighborhood, why don’t you shove it in your neighborhood and see how well it goes? Why don’t we take Big Bend back down to one lane each way like it was when I was a child growing up in University City,” she says.

Lynn LeBaube said the changed would increase traffic in the area, creating problems for the community.

“Decreasing the number of lanes creates congestion, danger and loss of business to this area. Why is it the county’s idea of a backdoor entry so that you can jam Metrolink and a bike path down our throats?” she says.

The county portion of the Great Streets Initiative to upgrade Gravois could cost at least $1.5 million and take up to a decade to complete.

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