- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - The main artery through the motorcycle mecca of Sturgis has been permanently made into five lanes.

Officials in 2012 and 2013 restriped Lazelle Street into five lanes for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - which draws hundreds of thousands of people to the western South Dakota city - then turned it back into a three-lane road after the event. There was one lane for each direction of traffic and a turning lane in the middle.

After this year’s rally, the street stayed at five lanes - two in each direction, with a turning lane, the Rapid City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1wo0UoC ).

One advantage is more efficient traffic flow, according to Monica Heller, regional traffic engineer for the state Transportation Department.

“The likelihood of getting behind a slow vehicle is not there,” she said.

The permanent change also should eliminate confusion for motorists, and make it easier to conduct street sweeping and maintenance operations, Sturgis Public Works Director Rick Bush said.

The disadvantage is that the lanes are narrower and traffic is closer to pedestrians on sidewalks.

“The five-lane doesn’t feel as comfortable to drive as a three-lane,” Heller said.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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