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Manchester Speedway: Slowing down one-way streets

April 22. 2018 7:10PM

Frustration over cars zooming down Maple and Beech streets in Manchester has grown to the point that neighborhood residents are proposing pop-up spike strips to pop the tires of speeding drivers.

We’re not sure that such high-speed blowouts would enhance public safety.

Ward 2 Alderman Will Stewart hosted a community discussion on the problem last week. Drivers seem to confuse the wide one-way, two-lane streets in the heart of Manchester with I-93.

A recent one-day traffic study determined that the intersection of Maple and Sagamore didn’t warrant a traffic light. Cars have crashed into the front of MS Market four times in the last 10 years.

On May 1, Manchester police plan to present speed data compiled on downtown streets. We would expect to see some staggering speeds, and eagerly await their report.

City officials are considering several solutions, including new traffic lights, installing raised crosswalks, and increased enforcement. But the simplest solution would be to return two-way traffic to Maple and Beech streets. It might take slightly longer to get across the center of the city, but that is to be expected when you can’t hit Mach 2.


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