BELFAST- City councilors discussed new traffic and parking changes on Tuesday night.
“Our priority is the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and those who use the roadway,” Samantha Paradis, the Mayor of Belfast, told us.
Some of the changes approved include adding a 4-way stop to the intersection at Church and Market Streets.
City council members also approved making Miller and Spring Streets one-way between Church and High Streets.
“We’ve had a number of complaints of the streets being too narrow to accommodate two way traffic,” Paradis said. “Along Miller and Spring Streets, we also have parking on one side, so to improve the safety of the streets, we’re hoping to make them one way.”
They also discussed an ordinance disallowing parking on the western side of Church Street, but that one was not passed.
Members of the American Legion, which is located across the street from those spaces, expressed concern.
“There’s over 100 members in that club that over 85, 65, 55 years old,” said one of the clubs members. “They have walking sticks… wheelchairs. The club is having a hard enough time as it is and we lost 20 parking spots.”
That ordinance was tabled and is likely to be brought up at a future meeting.
The changes that passed at the meeting will go into effect as soon as signs are put in place.