Aberdeen Downtown Association conducting survey about two-way Main Street

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- Those who want to provide input into whether to change the one-way configuration of Aberdeen’s Main Street can complete a survey.

Sponsored by the Aberdeen Downtown Association, the survey can be found online at bit.ly/2WqBfnn.

The survey collects some demographic information like name and affiliation with downtown and whether the respondent lives downtown. It also asks if residents are in favor of a proposal to convert the one-way section of Main Street in the downtown core to a two-way street.

Main Street is northbound only from Sixth Avenue Southeast north to the railroad tracks.

Kelli Schaunaman, secretary for the Aberdeen Downtown Association Board of Directors, said that as of late last week, a majority of people who responded favored of the change.

While city officials have previously said reconfiguration of the street, including changing the sidewalks to accommodate parking from a different direction, would be costly, Schaunaman said just re-striping Main Street and installing a traffic light would be less costly.

City Manager Joe Gaa said he plans to update the council on results of the survey at tonight’s council meeting and ask the council to create a 30-day time frame for public input. The city council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

For more information on the two-way Main Street proposal visit bit.ly/3mypaaQ.