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Ogdensburg City Council approves new downtown traffic patterns

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OGDENSBURG — The City Council unanimously supported a resolution calling for changes to traffic patterns downtown that would make the city more pedestrian-friendly. The intersections at Washington and State streets and at Ford and State streets will be fitted with no-turn-on-red signs and a pedestrian phase where all traffic will be stopped.

The work will be completed and funded by the state Department of Transportation.

Mayor William D. Nelson said the state was waiting for approval from the city before moving ahead with the project.

During a public hearing Monday, members of the public spoke in favor of the changes.

Wilma Nelson, a resident of Riverview Towers, said she’s seen people nearly get run over at the Washington and State streets intersection several times. “This is what we have on a daily basis,” she said. “These people do not care.”

Other problems related to traffic patterns discussed included a recommendation by Councilor Jennifer Stevenson to reduce the speed limit at the Downtown Arterial to 30 miles per hour. The speed limit now is 40 mph.

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