Most of you seem to think Irving Street could do without a couple of the stop signs, according to the latest poll:
It’s been a year since two-way traffic came to downtown — what do you think?
What’s with all the stop signs? 47 percent (44/93)
Love it! 29 percent (27/93)
Hate it! 12 percent (12/93)
It slowed down traffic for sure. 10 percent (10/93)
Some of you commented by email that at least one or two stop signs could go because you found it annoying. Others said downtown is now safe for pedestrians because cars have slowed down since the traffic changes, and suggested that motorists looking to get to St. Georges Avenue or Route 1 find an alternative to Irving Street. I was surprised when all the stop signs went up at first but I’m used to them now, but I usually only have to get through two of them once a day.
The stop signs are more of a parking necessity than a traffic control measure, according to Police Chief John Rodger. If one of the stop signs were eliminated, it would adversely affect the parking around that intersection because of line-of-sight issues. “Since parking is at a premium we are very hesitant to eliminate any spots,” said Rodger, adding that “we continue to evaluate the potential to add parking where we can.” The department frequently received complaints about speeding on Irving Street before the pattern change. He expects traffic flow to improve with the intersection project at Irving and Hamilton streets this summer.
There may be changes coming to Elm Avenue, making it two-way at least halfway from Irving Street – but not all the way to Main Street – to allow vehicles to enter the Park Square.