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City residents will get a chance to weigh in on traffic changes

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The Ogdensburg City Council announced Monday it will seek the public’s input regarding traffic changes on New York Avenue and Franklin Street next month.

Residents must be allowed to weigh in on any traffic changes within the city, City Manager John M. Pinkerton said Tuesday.

The city is looking to eliminate school speed limit signs on Franklin Street in front of the building formerly known as Sherman Elementary School. Since the building no longer serves as a school, the city would like to change the speed limit from 20 to 30 miles per hour.

“As it happens, there is also one side of the street that has ‘No Parking’ signs in front of residents’ homes,” Mr. Pinkerton said. It’s currently cumbersome for the residents. We’re going to remove those for to make it more convenient for them.”

A hearing to discuss the changes will be held during the next city council meeting on May 12.

City council members are also hoping to eliminate the directional arrow at the intersection of New York Avenue and Spring Street which would allow vehicles to make right turns at all times. Currently residents traveling northbound cannot make right turns onto Spring Street during the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“The council would like to see a ‘right on the red’ in the northbound and southbound lanes at all times,” Mr. Pinkerton said. “That will allow traffic to flow more freely.”

Mr. Pinkerton said council members must pass a resolution before a public hearing is scheduled.

“We’re hoping to hold the hearing on May 26 and implement the resolution sometime in June,” he said.

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