Bangor- You may be familiar with the frustrations that come with driving on Broadway…the backup of cars, the difficulty making left hand turns, and the growing number of crashes…Now, city officials are working to try and fix some of those concerns. The first step? Pinpointing the problems…
“We’re evaluating the capacity, how well traffic flows, we’re also looking at safety, what kind of crashes occur within the corridor, and there have been a number of crashes,” said Thomas Errico, a senior associate at TY Lin International.
Once the study is complete, the next step is determining potential solutions. TY Lin International, the company conducting the study, and Bangor officials have already discussed a few options, some short term and others for the future.
“It’s a range of options that are being considered, and some are looking at the signal systems and re-timing them so that they’re coordinated in a more efficient manner. We’re looking at re-striping. Can the city change the pavement markings so that there’s a little more space along the curb lines? And we’ve looked at reconfiguring intersections, we’ve looked at providing roundabouts,” said Errico.
Even though the plans to alleviate traffic on Broadway might sound like a good idea in theory, the one important factor that we can’t forget about is the businesses in the area and how traffic changes might affect them.
“Any change they make is going to affect business one way or another, we won’t know until it happens. But any time you lose an entrance to a business it affects it in a negative way most likely,” said Paul Winkler, owner of Tri City Pizza on Broadway.
“I think it’s something that all the businesses will be concerned about on Broadway, and I certainly share that concern,” said Dewey Hasbrouck, owner of Moe’s Barbeque on Broadway.
While shop owners are concerned about their businesses, they also expressed concern about the safety of the people. Errico believes that changing traffic patterns will increase the accessibility to the various locations by clearing up the congestion. The study is set to conclude in May.