Council unanimously passed an ordinance surrendering parking places for a safer street that still has four traffic lanes - but also dedicated left turn lanes, new pavement, and new traffic lights.
But that was not before several delays for the legislation that was being pushed by ODOT to be passed quickly, and also after businesspeople and some members of the public argued against it.
The vote in the 6:30 Thursday special session was delayed more than 45 minutes in part because of continued debate by both sides.
In a last-minute compromise Monday, ODOT squeezed back in 11 out of 49 parking places, but required more cuts into sidewalks.
This now allows the state to remove about 39 parking places between High and Bridge in construction this summer that will require only about 20% funding from the city.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils