Powell Neighborhood Fights Roadway Extension Plan

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UPDATED: Friday March 22, 2013 12:46 PM

Several residents of the Grandshire subdivision have signs in their yards asking the city to stop the Murphy Parkway extension.

Residents say they are fighting to keep Murphy Parkway the residential road that it is now.

“It really kind of blows my mind that we are still fighting this because to be it is a no brainer; this road should not go through,” said resident Stacey Haney.

Murphy Parkway currently runs to a dead end.

Powell City Manager Steve Lutz said city leaders have been talking about extending the roadway to connect with Liberty Street for nearly two decades. He said extension is now needed to curb the congestion downtown.

“This will provide an alternative for motorists to bypass the city's downtown area, which we refer to as the four corners," said Lutz.

Lutz said voters recently approved a bond issue in November, which will fund the extension and several other capital improvement projects.

Haney said extending the quiet neighborhood road should not be a priority.

“Murphy Parkway, once you put that through, it will change this neighborhood dramatically,” she said.
 
A third public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for April 16. Powell City Council is expected to vote at that time on whether or not to move forward with the project.

If council approves moving forward with the extension, the city plans to begin the engineering phase.

The city manager said construction would not start until next year.

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