Bike lanes soon to come to London Road

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 6:08 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Drivers on London Road in Duluth will soon need to share the road with more cyclists.

This summer, construction to London Road will take it from four lanes down to two driving lanes with a center left turn lane, and two bike lanes, with parking on each side.

City officials say traffic volumes along the road have significantly dropped since the extension of I-35 to 26th Avenue East, prompting these changes.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness says as a four lane road people tend to drive faster, making it less pedestrian friendly, but with these changes, he says, businesses and pedestrians alike will see many benefits.

"Overwhelmingly the businesses in the area are supportive, they see the potential of it bringing more traffic to the area, and they see the potential of slowing down traffic by creating that left hand turn lane, which is much safer than having folks try to take a left hand turn from one of the center two lanes," said Mayor Ness.

City councilors say these changes are all in an effort to make the city safer, and more bike friendly.

Elsa Robins