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Resident say one-way streets will trim short cuts

April 11, 2000|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

FUNKSTOWN - A Funkstown resident asked the Mayor and Town Council Monday night to consider making a few streets one-way to discourage short cuts through the northern part of town.

Brian Lovins, of 111 N. High St., showed town officials a small map he drew to illustrate his plan.

Lovins' plan calls for making the sections of Poplar and Chestnut streets between Alt. U.S. 40 and Antietam Street one-way heading out onto Alt. U.S. 40.

The sections of those streets between High Street and Edgewood Drive would be one-way heading out onto Edgewood Drive, according to the plan.

That way, the neighborhood would be accessible only from Baltimore Street, which would cut thru-traffic, said Lovins, who said he thinks the inconvenience is worth the added safety.

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He said he showed his plan to five or six neighbors who thought it could help cut the number of vehicles whizzing past their homes.

Lovins said he's concerned that the already significant number of people using Poplar and Chestnut streets to cut across town and the county will increase dramatically once a new Wal-Mart Supercenter is built near the intersection of Edgewood Drive and U.S. 40.

He said he has noticed an increase in traffic past his home since Prime Outlets at Hagerstown opened.

"It seems like someone is going to get killed there before something is done about it," Lovins said.

Lovins' plan sparked discussion among the mayor and council members.

Mayor Robert L. Kline said he doesn't think having one-way side streets will make the town safer because vehicles will travel faster on them.

Kline said the last time the concept of one-way streets came before the Mayor and council people against the idea packed Town Hall.

"People were ready to eat us," Councilwoman Lorraine Smith said.

Smith said she could see some good points and some bad points about Lovins' proposal but would like to see a possible solution tried.

Making the streets one-way would help keep neighborhood traffic local and could ease the town's growing traffic woes, Councilman Kim Ramer said.

"We're trying to get the center of town back to the people it belongs to," Ramer said.

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