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Weather stalls one-way street work

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By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe/ Staff Writer

The one-way changes for two segments of Oak and Hickory streets — expected this week — have stalled.

The cold weather and rain have made it difficult for the city of Denton to do the striping work necessary for the change, according to City Engineer Frank Payne.

“We need about four to five days of dry weather, hopefully over 45 degrees, in order to complete it in one shot,” Payne wrote in an e-mail.

Since the weather is not creating that kind of window, Payne said he thought crews would do as much as they could, when they could, to finish the job.

“I know that is an inconvenience to the public, but we’ve started the process and just need to see it through the best we can,” Payne wrote.

The directional change is expected to improve traffic flow and provide for new bike lanes that run from the Square through the edge of the University of North Texas campus. Oak and Hickory streets are already one-way between the Square and Avenue C.

But it also means some loss of parking spaces in an area notorious for parking problems. The police department has been enforcing the parking restrictions since November.

City officials have said they will continue to monitor the parking changes and will likely meet again with the neighborhood once the change has settled in.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her email address is pheinkel-wolfe@dentonrc.com .