City wants to remove car lanes, add bike lanes to congested North Shore corridor

Mid-afternoon traffic moves along Frazier Avenue on Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The potential implementation of bike lanes in the city's core is proving controversial again.

City officials are just hearing more of the concerns on the front end this time.

Tentative plans call for North Shore's Frazier Avenue to be reconfigured between the Market Street Bridge and Veterans Bridge next year, dropping it from four lanes to three, with the addition of protected bike lanes.

The proposal would reduce traffic from two lanes in each direction to a single lane in each direction, with the third lane functioning as a turn lane.

It's the latest in a series of lane-reduction maneuvers on iconic Chattanooga thoroughfares, following the reduction of a downtown portion of Broad Street from six lanes to four and the addition of bike lanes there last year.

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