ROSEBORO — Residents and visitors in the western Sampson County town will now have to get accustomed to a change in the traffic pattern on East Railroad Street in the downtown area.
Commissioners recently voted 4-0 to amend the town’s ordinance on traffic and vehicles to designate a portion of East Railroad Street as one way, headed in a northerly direction from its intersection with Roseboro Street to its intersection with Clinton Street. The change was made during a meeting last Thursday night.
According to the ordinance, a portion of Railroad Street has previously been designated to flow one way, which improves the parking in the downtown business district. The lawful flow for traffic on East Railroad Street will be in a south to north direction.
Following some discussion and deliberation, the commissioners voted to approve the ordinance change.
“The most important reason for changing the flow of traffic is for safety,” town clerk Tony Blalock said. “In this one-way section, traffic should be flowing on the right-side of the median-divided street, which in this case, is the old railroad bed. As originally written, traffic would be flowing down the left side of the divided street.”
The ordinance also states that West Railroad Street shall be one way in a southerly direction from its intersection with Clinton Street to Roseboro Street. The lawful flow for traffic on this portion of the street is a north to south direction.
“Since we are only considering a one-block section here, the analogy I would use is a roundabout or the courthouse square in Clinton,” Blalock said. As the ordinance was previously written, traffic would flow around the old railroad bed in a clockwise motion, counter to traffic design standards, but should flow in a counter-clockwise motion.”
According to Blalock, the new ordinance remedies the current situation and problems with traffic flow and parking. Parallel parking will be allowed on East Railroad Street only where designated as such by the commissioners. Diagonal parking shall be lawful on the east side of West Railroad Street from its intersection with Roseboro Street to its intersection with Clinton Street, in spaces marked by the town.
“The benefit to making this one block section one-way is to create more parking in the downtown area to better support our restaurants and retail businesses,” Blalock shared. “Roseboro will be able to create about 20 parking spaces, with no disruption in traffic flow.”
Proper signs will be erected, at which time the ordinance will become effective for drivers. Parking spaces will be marked before signage is placed.
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