‘Road diet’ idea shared with Defiance Rotary | Local News

Mayor Mike McCann’s administration made the case for a downtown “road diet” to Defiance’s Rotary Club members Monday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The presentation on the proposed traffic changes to downtown Defiance was made during Rotary’s regular luncheon meeting. (Meetings have been resumed in recent weeks after having been suspended earlier this year due to the coronavirus situation.)

City Engineer Melinda Sprow presented Rotarians with an overview of the so-called road diet proposal as well as a recap of the administration’s recent efforts at downtown development, noting that several past administrations have held “very nearly the same vision.”

The road diet would change Clinton Street traffic patterns between the Maumee River and Triangle Park.

This would include eliminating on-street parking in the 100 and 200 blocks and removing one northbound lane and one southbound lane between Second Street and Triangle Park. The additional space would be used for installation of

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