GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-- Adding roundabouts on a busy Grand Rapids road should slow traffic down along the Grand River, say city leaders.
City commissioners Tuesday talked about a proposed project to repave a two-mile stretch of Monroe Avenue between Knapp and North Park.
Along with the new road surface, crews would create four roundabouts along Monroe at Knapp, Guild, 3 Mile and North Park streets.
The plan also includes new sidewalks on the east side of Monroe, a two-way bicycle track and new on-street parking.
The on-street parking is to help with the parking at the park where people currently park their vehicles on the grass.
Work on the project should begin later this year.
Dave Shaffer, a First Ward Commissioner, said "I just like that we are looking at the project from multiple angles.. Looking at the drainage issue and the street lights that are out of date. That's one thing that we always hear, 'Why aren't you taking care of it all at once?' And this was a good holistic approach."
Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss thinks residents will appreciate leaving the bike tracks remaining open during special events so that the street is still usable.