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Controversial concrete planters removed from Festus street

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Concrete planters in Festus, Mo. are being removed due to traffic backups (Credit: KMOV). Concrete planters in Festus, Mo. are being removed due to traffic backups (Credit: KMOV).

FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Only 9 months after spending $15,000 on 20 large concrete planters and using some to block a lane of downtown traffic, the planters in Festus are being removed.

Drivers tell News 4 there is a source of frustration because they cause traffic backups. 

"Most of me and my friends are pretty annoyed with it, we think it's unnecessary, " said Daniel Wilcoxen, driver.

The city installed them in the outer lane of South Mill Street to protect customers who use a narrow sidewalk to get to a new downtown restaurant.

Happy Welch, Festus City Administrator said, "We wanted to make sure there was a nice, safe area for them to walk from back to front and that it needed to be wider than what it was."

During the second week of June, the city council tentatively decided to remove the planters after they realized most customers entered the restaurant through a rear entrance and didn't use the sidewalk.

News 4 asked Welch if the $15,000 spent on the planters was a waste of taxpayer dollar but he said no, that the planters and their multicolored flowers would be placed along Main Street and other areas to beautify the city.

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