By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - A neighborhood in midtown is divided.
Many worry about drivers speeding in the area, but others say it's not a problem.
Wednesday night, city officials met with residents at their neighborhood association meeting to discuss options, but a decision was not made.
Fox 42's News spoke with both sides and found out it's been a long-standing issue.
The Hanscom Park neighborhood is at a stand still.
For the past 7 years, residents have been fighting with each other and the city about traffic along 32nd avenue.
"I take my son to preschool a couple days of the week. We walk up here and so it's obviously a concern to us and then everybody in the neighborhood. So, that's why we've been working so long with the city to figure out a way to get traffic to slow down," President of Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association, Jim Clements said.
"It's not like it's a race track out there. Every now and then, you'll have someone go flying by, but it's not like they're drag racing or anything so I think a speed bump would be fine," Robert Decker said. A resident of Hanscom Park for over 37 years.
Now the neighborhood association is proposing that a bicycle track be put in.
It would be several feet wide with two lanes. One going north, the other going south and a raised median would separate it from parking.
"I think people that travel by bike like the idea of a protected bike lane because it offers you more protection than just a painted lane," Clements said.
The proposed route would be along 32nd avenue. It would pass by Hanscom Park as well as our Lady of Lourdes parish, but that's if neighbors don't object and the city council approves funding.
"In thirty seven years I've probably seen half a dozen bikes on this road...don't waste my tax money," Decker said.
Clements said the city plans to resurface 32nd avenue next year, with or without the bicycle track.
"It makes sense that this be the time that traffic–calming measures be installed along with that," Clements said.
"It's a waste of money. Resurface the road take the rest of the money and fix some other street. Our streets are horrible," Decker said.
The city has received a $300,000 federal grant to use on the street. However, the neighborhood association said they need an additional $80,000 in local funds to build the bike track along 32nd avenue.
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