The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 24, 2013

Council changes course on street

Patrick Buchnowski

WINDBER — Borough Council voted Tuesday to change the traffic pattern on 12th Street after several residents raised safety concerns.  

Less than a month ago, council approved making 12th street one way coming into the borough from Route 56 with motorists traveling north.

Now, some motorists leaving the borough are driving down narrow alleys creating a traffic hazard for children at play or residents attempting to back out of garages, officials said.

“They’re using two alleyways that are single lane traffic,” council President Barry Jerley said. “There’s a bunch of traffic that make the alleyways into a street.”

The new proposal allows motorists to travel one way south.  

“More people use it as an exit to get out of town to get onto the highway,” Jerley said.

The change won’t take place soon, if at all.

If the traffic problem eases, council can choose not to adopt the new plan when it comes to a final vote. “We just want residents to be safe,” Jerley said.

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