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Winner Main Street change to be decided in public vote

WINNER — A proposed change to Winner's Main Street is headed to a public vote.

In August, the Winner City Council voted to transform the roadway from a one-way street to a two-way, but residents recently turned in a petition to send the decision to a public vote.

Ninety-eight signatures were needed to refer the decision to a vote, and 104 were collected, according to Winner Mayor Frank Finney.

The election will be held in conjunction with city elections in April, but a date has not yet been set, Finney said.

"It's not really surprising, people just want a voice," Finney said. "That's how government works."

If approved, the change would occur in 2020 when a state project moves a stoplight from the intersection of Second Street and Lamro Street to Second Street and Main Street. The change will accommodate the areas that see more ambulance and fire traffic.

When the Main Street change was originally proposed, Finney said there were few benefits of altering the road's traffic flow, so city officials anticipated the road would remain a one-way. But shortly after, Main Street business owners told council members access to their stores would be easier with two-way traffic, prompting the council to vote in favor of the change.