During their April 20 meeting, commissioners agreed to back off suggestions for adding a center turn lane on Sixth and instead focus on repaving Iowa.
Among the reasons: Officials need more time to look into the effect a new turn lane would have on several aspects, including the historic character of Old West Lawrence.
Several people attended the meeting to voice their displeasure over the prospect of traffic moving closer to the residential area.
"We don't want encroachment in our neighborhood," said Bill Pugh, whose home at 909 W. Sixth is listed as a landmark on the local register of historic places. "We don't want to lose 10 feet of quiet space."
Commissioners agreed to take the advice of City Manager Mike Wildgen, who suggested using the money on Iowa -- a street he considers to be in worse condition than Sixth.
He figures the money will be used to repave Iowa somewhere between Yale Road and 23rd Street. The exact location will depend on how much money is available, he said.