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Traffic changes expected in about three weeks

November 28, 1997

Drivers in the North Jonathan Street area can expect to see traffic pattern changes in the surrounding area in about three weeks as officials attempt to curb illegal drug activity, city officials said Tuesday.

Hagerstown City Council members voted 4-1 on Tuesday night to change the traffic patterns.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure cast the lone dissenting vote.

McClure said he doesn't oppose changing the traffic patterns, but wanted to set a date to re-evaluate the change.

The changes call for making several streets and alleys one-way northbound.

Parking on Sumans Avenue would be restricted to two hours.

Councilman William M. Breichner said the council might have to make more traffic changes in the future, including Charles Street.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he wants the traffic changes to remain in effect through next summer to see what effect they have on drug activity.

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McClure said he was concerned about some public opposition to the plan.

Bruchey and Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the traffic pattern can always be changed back if it doesn't work or the neighbors don't like it.

City officials have said the traffic changes would make it harder for drug buyers to loop around the neighborhood in search of dealers.

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