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City Council members support traffic islands proposal

August 29, 2000

City Council members support traffic islands proposal



A plan to install raised traffic islands at the bottom of a Hagerstown hill where South Prospect Street meets South Walnut Street near City Park was supported Tuesday by a majority of City Council members.

The traffic islands will include 6-inch curbs and grass areas. They will force South Prospect Street traffic to bear right just before a new stop sign at the bottom of the hill.

City Engineer Bruce Johnston estimated the changes will cost $33,500. He said the islands could be installed this fall.

Council members Lewis C. Metzner, Susan Saum-Wicklein and William M. Breichner favored installing the islands with curbs.

Currently, vehicles coming down South Prospect Street do not have to stop.

Council members Alfred W. Boyer and J. Wallace McClure supported testing out the new traffic pattern by having the proposed islands painted on the road at the intersection. Johnston estimated this would cost $3,500.

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Boyer said they should "see if it works" before making the more permanent changes to the intersection.

- Dan Kulin

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