Vehicles drive past the yellow plastic bollards that divide the north and south bound lanes of Bangor Street Tuesday April 2, 2024 near intersection with Cony Circle in Augusta. Proposed changes to the traffic pattern there include replacing the plastic bollards with sturdier ones that canÕt be driven over and removing the traffic light at the Quimby Street, seen at top right. (Staff photo by Joe Phelan/Staff Photographer) Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Bangor Street in Augusta could be redesigned starting in 2026 in an effort to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The project for the four-lane major traffic arterial would take away one travel lane in each direction, a traffic light at Quimby Street and the ability for motorists to make left turns to and from businesses near Cony Circle. Project plans were recently presented to the Augusta City Council and will get a public hearing next month.

However, city councilors noted that they’re already hearing from people concerned that the changes could have negative consequences by making it harder for traffic to get on and off Bangor Street, especially due to the planned elimination of a traffic signal at its intersection with Quimby Street. There are also concerns that if the reduction in the number of lanes causes congestion on Bangor Street, it could force motorists seeking to get around that traffic to venture onto nearby neighborhood streets.

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