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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Street discussion continues

  • It's been about two years now since one-way streets were implemented in Honesdale.
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  • — It's been about two years now since one-way streets were implemented in Honesdale.
    The borough's main two thoroughfares — Church and Main streets — are one-way but some people think the system is not working.
    Because of that, Honesdale Borough Council set up a special committee last year to see if there was any possibility the streets might be changed back to two-way traffic.
    There was just one meeting of the group at that time, however, that is about to change.
    "This is to get the discussion going again," said councilman Bob Jennings, chairman of the special committee as well as the safety committee in the borough.
    A meeting of the special committee is scheduled for this Thursday at 7 p.m. at borough hall. It will be in the downstairs meeting room.
    "We are going to get some direction," said Jennings.
    He expects the borough engineer as well as the solicitor to be at the meeting.
    "We are going to get back on track," said Jennings.
    Jennings said safety is the biggest reason he thinks the issue needs to be revisited. He said there are constant complaints about the one-way streets, almost all of them relating to safety.
    "There are so many near misses," said Jennings.
    Jennings said he personally would like to see the streets revert back to the old system, however, he also said he's open to any ideas.
    "I am open to ideas on how we can solve the problem," said Jennings.
    Jennings said another major problem with the streets is congestion. He said traffic can be backed up on Main Street from Fourth Street all the way to the bridge at 12th Street.
    Page 2 of 2 - Part of what led to the one-way streets was the fact a new bridge was erected on Church Street as part of the overall change.
    In July 2011, Jennings, as chairman of the safety committee, outlined three major concerns he felt have resulted in the one-way streets. Those are:
    Drivers trying to enter Main Street from Church Street cannot see traffic or pedestrians in the second lane (going south on Main Street).
    Recently, there was a possible gas leak on Church Street. The Honesdale Fire Department shut down Church Street in it entirety, which shut down the entire area. If additional fire equipment was needed the delay to get there could have caused catastrophic conditions.
    Further, it will cost thousands of dollars to change the crosswalks and make some of the other suggested measures to try and solve some of the unsafe conditions PennDOT has caused with the design of the present system. The proposed CVS complex at Fourth and Main Streets will require many changes. If any changes are going to be made now is the time for your department (PennDOT) and Honesdale Borough officials to get together before thousands of dollars were spent.
    That, however, did not happen and the one-way streets were implemented.
    Thursday night's work session is open to the public.

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