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Hagerstown discusses Winter Street congestion

Tissue to present ideas to traffic board

Tissue to present ideas to traffic board

November 13, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN ? The Hagerstown City Council spent about 45 minutes on Tuesday talking about traffic issues at Winter Street School, particularly speeding and traffic congestion that occurs when parents pick up their children after school.

The council told City Engineer Rodney Tissue to take its suggestions, which included banning the practice of dropping off students on the Washington Avenue and Franklin Street sides of the building, to the city's Board of Traffic and Parking next month.

Tissue said the proposal also includes closing the far left lanes of Franklin Street and Washington Avenue to through traffic to deter people from using those thoroughfares to drop off their children.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he doubted whether the suggestion would work without help from the police department.

"What stops people from speeding is police enforcement," he said. "What stops people from parking is police enforcement."

Tissue said after the council meeting that he would talk to the Board of Traffic and Parking about a plan that would reserve the Winter Street side of the school for drop-offs only and the Alexander Street side for pick-ups.

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To prevent congestion in the morning, he said, motorists would be permitted to turn left from Franklin Street on to Winter Street where students could unload in an orderly fashion, he said. In the afternoon, parents could use a similar process to pick up their children by turning left from Washington Avenue and on to Alexander Street.

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