Traf­fic tick­ets given for trav­el­ing south on Com­merce Street

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The two-way traf­fic switch-over be­gan Oct. 24 in Cen­tre­ville. Com­merce Street has re­turned to a one-way only street that only trav­els north. For ev­ery­one’s safety, please abide by the one-way only di­rec­tion, Project Man­ager Michael White­hill re­it­er­ated in an in­ter­view this week. The is­sue is a real con­cern, and traf­fic tick­ets have been and will con­tinue to be is­sued for trav­el­ing south on Com­merce, he added.

The State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion has cov­ered the traf­fic sig­nals at Com­merce and Wa­ter streets mak­ing it im­per­a­tive for driv­ers to ex­er­cise cau­tion when us­ing that par­tic­u­lar in­ter­sec­tion. Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Chief Ken­neth Rhodes said the Lib­erty Street in­ter­sec­tions are cur­rently be­ing cov­ered by Cen­tre­ville Po­lice De­part­ment dur­ing peak travel times, but re­sources are not avail­able to fully cover all in­ter­sec­tions in town.

Clif­ford “Kip” Matthews, direc­tor of Cen­tre­ville Pub­lic Works, said the town had re­quested a flash­ing yel­low on Wa­ter Street and flash­ing

red on Com­merce, but SHA had de­clined to turn the lights op­er­a­tional at this point.

Lib­erty Street will ac­com­mo­date two-way traf­fic, much as Com­merce Street did dur­ing the first two phases of the town’s wa­ter and sewer project — the ex­cep­tion this time is Com­merce Street will be open to north­bound lo­cal traf­fic only. Lo­cal means res­i­dents liv­ing on Com­merce Street and in­di­vid­u­als work­ing in town or ar­riv­ing in town to pa­tron­ize the busi­nesses, White­hill de­fined.

Busi­nesses will con­tinue to be open on Com­merce Street with park­ing avail­able on Com­merce Street and up­com­ing events will not be af­fected, he said. All park­ing is re­stored on Com­merce Street; res­i­dents and busi­nesses will be no­ti­fied if park­ing is re­stricted at any time while con­struc­tion is tak­ing place in front of their res­i­dence or busi­ness.

The best way to ac­cess points east of town (i.e. Acme, Ken­nard El­e­men­tary School) is to use Ridgeview Av­enue, Church Lane and Fayette Street off of Lib­erty Street pend­ing any re­stric­tions on traf­fic based on the lo­ca­tion of the con­struc­tion crew, White­hill said.

“Lib­erty Street is too nar­row to ac­com­mo­date turn lanes, there­fore, we ask that ev­ery­one be pa­tient and cour­te­ous, al­low­ing driv­ers to make turn­ing move­ments,” he said.

No right-hand turns by trac­tor and trailer trucks will be per­mit­ted from Wa­ter Street or Broad­way onto Lib­erty Street, and, to al­low for a safe turn­ing ra­dius, the four park­ing spa­ces lo­cated on Wa­ter Street be­tween Lib­erty and Com­merce streets have been re­moved.

Wa­ter Street will re­main a two-way street and Lawyer’s Row will re­main a one-way street, but will be re­stricted to right-hand turns only onto Lib­erty Street be­cause of the two-way traf­fic on Lib­erty. Turns from the tem­po­rary park­ing lot lo­cated on the cor­ner of Wa­ter Street and Lib­erty Street also will be re­stricted to right­hand turns only onto Wa­ter Street.

The town’s park­ing lot lo­cated be­hind 105 N. Lib­erty Street will re­main open, but ve­hi­cles ex­it­ing are re­stricted to right-hand turns only onto Lib­erty Street.

Phase 3 be­gins on South Com­merce Street and will move north to ap­prox­i­mately Lawyer’s Row, White­hill said. As be­fore, con­struc­tion crews will make Com­merce Street pass­able to res­i­dents and other lo­cal traf­fic af­ter 5 p.m. De­tours on Com­merce Street are planned as con­struc­tion takes place on the road, and res­i­dents and busi­nesses will be no­ti­fied prior to their di­rect area be­ing af­fected. No­tices will also con­tinue to be posted to the town’s so­cial me­dia page and web­site.

Trav­el­ers are re­minded to stop at all stop bars as it af­fects the tim­ing of sig­nal lights and not to block to in­ter­sec­tions or drive­ways. Mo­torists are strongly en­cour­aged to main­tain their speed, es­pe­cially on Com­merce Street where sig­nal lights are down, White­hill said.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

On Lib­erty Street in Cen­tre­ville, traf­fic will now travel in two di­rec­tions while Phase 3 of the town’s wa­ter and sewer project gets un­der­way.

TOWN OF CEN­TRE­VILLE

Park­ing lots and spa­ces are de­noted on this map pro­vided by the town.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Com­merce Street is open only for north­bound lo­cal traf­fic to reach busi­nesses or homes on Com­merce Street.

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