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CDOT widening project raises concerns along Lincoln Street

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Along one of the busiest streets in Pueblo, Harold McCarver says speeding has become a serious problem.

"See like that right there!  You can't tell me he wasn't speeding," he told News5 as he stood on the sidewalk running parallel with Lincoln Street.

McCarver even tried to get cars to slow down by making his own radar gun decoy--which was actually a hairdryer attached to a tall rod.

"I don't think it worked," he said, chuckling.

Something else he fears won't work is CDOT's future widening project along Lincoln Street--which will add a middle turn lane--between Abriendo and Orman Avenue.

CDOT says it will prevent accidents, telling city council there were 63 of them along that five-block stretch in the past five years.

Garlyn Lucero wasn't surprised by those numbers, saying she's come close to being rear-ended trying to turn into her driveway.

"That's actually one of the ways of causing accidents over here.  You have to rush in and either run into a bush or the curb--it's very nerve racking," she said.

Lucero added that she felt the project would make it safer for her to get in to her driveway each day.

But McCarver says that won't fix the speeding issue outside his house--he believes it will actually make it more dangerous.

"If they put a turn lane in, it will make the cars in the other two lanes go faster," he said.

Which, he adds, is a big concern--considering Carlile Elementary is right down the road.

"It's supposed to be 35, but most of them are [going] 45-55 mph, and this is in front of a school zone."

CDOT does intend to move forward with the project, taking bids in 2018, and construction slated for 2019.

They will be digging about six feet into yards on both sides of the five-block stretch of Lincoln Street, to make room for the 11-foot center turn lane.

That property is within CDOT's "right of way," meaning they are allowed to do what they want with it.

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