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Funkstown residents speak about one-way streets

October 09, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - Just two weeks into the one-way street experiment on Poplar and Chestnut streets, opinions are mixed on whether it is cutting down or increasing traffic woes.

Susan and Gerald Gustafson, who live at 104 E. Chestnut St., attended Monday night's town meeting to say the change has been very inconvenient for them.

"We work at Good Humor/Breyers, and now we have to go down to Edgewood Drive to fight traffic to go to work," Gerald Gustafson said.

Ann Platou, a Poplar Street resident, said that if she parks in her driveway, she has to go around the whole block to head to work at South Hagerstown High School.

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"We should have gotten a letter out of courtesy," Platou said.

A notice was in the newspaper several times before the change went into effect Sept. 24.

Kenny Babington, of 11 E. Poplar St., said the change has been good.

"There is no traffic and no speeding," Babington said. When asked, he said his block is still two-way.

The plan will be revisited at the January meeting, Vice Mayor Paul Crampton Jr. said.

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