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Dover Looks at Restricting Left Turns off Loockerman

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Dover is looking at changing the intersection of Loockerman Street and Governors Avenue.

Right now, you can make a left from Loockerman onto Governors. The question is: should that stay the case?

Anyone who has driven through downtown Dover has probably experienced being stuck in a huge line on Loockerman, waiting for a car ahead of you to turn left onto Governors.
Tina Davis certainly has. In fact, Thursday afternoon she was the driver going left.

"During lunchtime is usually the busy time - from noon to two," she said. "I was trying to make a left hand turn from Loockerman onto Governors to come back to the store."

Her store is Amici's. It's in a location that requires a left hand turn from westbound Loockerman.

The city is looking at ways to reduce congestion. City Manager Scott Koenig said about a decade ago Dover restricted left turns here, like it currently does at State and Loockerman streets.

"As the city has gotten bigger there has been an elevation in the amount of traffic in the downtown area," he said. "There are some who would like to see the restrictions put back in place."

Koenig said the Delaware Department of Transportatioin studied the issue and determined there would be traffic benefits.

"You wouldn't have as many people running red lights. The queuing going back toward Bradford would likely be lessened."

But it might just push the line up to New or Queen Street. And there's another concern.

"The question really becomes: does the restriction help or hurt economic activity on Loockerman Street?"

Davis worries it will.

"I think that people won't want to have to deal with the hassle of going around the block just to get where they want to go," she said. "I think the convenience of being able to do the left hand turn helps when it comes to businesses like ours."

She thinks there is likely another solution to cut congestion and balance business.

There's a public hearing on the left hand turn restriction on August 28.

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