Try to turn left at the flagpole. Drive by the high school on your way to work. Try to turn into traffic from any of the businesses near Exit 10. Suddenly, in this fast and distracted world, you will experience that rarest of luxuries: time to just sit and think. This is about the nicest thing we can say about traffic congestion in Newtown.
The Police Commission has scheduled a special meeting for next week to discuss the traffic safety issues that exist at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. The Police Commission is the local traffic authority.
The meeting is slated for 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24, at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street.
I read with interest the article in The Bee (2/6), “Police Commission Presses Flagpole Intersection Discussion.” Since 1987, I have lived in The Borough off Currituck Road, one half mile from the flagpole. I have traversed the flagpole thousands of times without incident. Any attention must be in a thoughtful manner, which honors the character of Main Street Center.
Comments by a resident of Main Street complaining about increased traffic and speeding on Main Street at the recent Police Commission meeting seems to have solved a mystery. We now know where the over 1,700 automobiles and truck diverted as a result of the five Queen Street speed tables went. They went on adjacent streets, specifically the residential section of Main Street.
The Newtown Bee editorial published on Thursday, July 18, 2013, a year ago, summarizes the issue very clearly.
I have been alerting Newtown residents for years that the objective of Queen Street residents was, in addition to speed control, significant traffic reduction. However when the Police Commission installed two, then three, and then five speed bumps the public was lead to believe that traffic diversion and reduction wasn’t significant.
Does Newtown have the most polite drivers? We’ll soon find out. NHS Principal Charles Dumais announced this week that the high school will be running a “traffic experiment” the mornings of November 25, November 26, and November 27. The school has coordinated the experiment with the Newtown Police Department, Newtown High School Security, and All-Star Transportation, according to Mr Dumais. During those mornings there will be NO traffic control officer in place.