Truck Traffic Troubles

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 18, 2006

Residents in one historic neighborhood say their streets are unsafe and are bringing that argument to City Council. It's not the speed of the vehicles as much as the volume and the type vehicles.

To get to the Woolen Mills neighborhood, take Market street East from downtown and that's where you'll find the intersection at Franklin Street. Residents say the area is is being used as a cut through from the industrial section of the city, citing not only the volume of traffic, but also the heavy truck traffic.

Monday there is a public hearing at the City Council meeting on whether to make Franklin Street one way south out of the neighborhood or restrict truck traffic.

"The primary responsibility of the city is the primary safety and security of the citizens. If you're trying to take a baby stroller and roll it up and down the street, it's a harrowing experience," said neighbor Bill Emory.

Carleton Avenue is an alternative to Franklin Street, but on that route the train can block traffic several times a day.

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