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Old North End restriping approved after injunction lifted 

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A temporary injunction halting the city's plans to re-stripe North Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs' historic Old North End neighborhood was lifted on July 18.

City Senior Traffic Engineer Kathleen Krager announced plans in January to alter several streets in the area by narrowing some, adding bike lanes, lowering speed limits, and eliminating some crosswalks for Colorado College students.

The injunction had been granted in May by an El Paso County District Court judge to a handful of Old North End residents who opposed the plans and filed a lawsuit to stop them. The plaintiffs argued Krager's unilateral decision to alter the roads violates two city master plans, passed as city ordinances, which require the approval of the City Council and the Planning Commission before any such changes are made.

The judge's ruling agreed with Mayor John Suthers, who reportedly said in testimony that Krager has the necessary legal authority to override the stipulations in the master plans.

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