Salisbury residents express frustration with downtown traffic changes
SALISBURY, Md. – Over the past few months, the City of Salisbury has been taking down traffic lights and closing off parts of roads and some people are struggling to keep up with the changes.
Some drivers and pedestrians say they’re feeling frustrated because they never got a warning about some of the traffic pattern changes. Others believe a warning wouldn’t have made any difference.
Lori Feather who works downtown said, “Just give us notice. Just give the workers and the people that frequent downtown more notice when there are changes such as lights coming out of downtown.”
Work is still underway on Main Street and now, work is beginning on a new Town Square near the city’s parking garage.
Amanda Pallock, the Director of Salisbury’s Infrastructure and Development Department explained, “So the other big area under construction is near the parking garage, right outside we’re building a food truck pad, so you’ve just seen some demolition work start this week so that is part of our new Town Square.”
People in Salisbury claim they didn’t know that some of this construction was coming.
While the city has certainly made an effort to notify visitors and residents about construction on Main Street, some people say the city failed to notify them that they were taking down traffic lights and closing off part of North Division Street for the new Town Square.
Pallock said, “I don’t know that we actually did put out a press release. It could have been an appropriate one, but I’m not sure we did have one.”
Some businesses we spoke to say they don’t feel a press release would have made much of a difference.
Jeremy Norton, the Owner of Roadie Joe’s said, “You know, I think that there could be a little more transparency, but at the same time you can only put out so many press releases. You put a press release out and people still wont read it and then will complain that they didn’t see it anyway.”
Colleen Hazel, the Owner of Downtown Bridal said, “I don’t know that getting notice would have made a difference. I mean because they’re going to do it anyway.”
People who work downtown argue otherwise.
Feather said, “It’s crazy, it’s loud, it’s difficult to manage the streets, it’s an inconvenience.”
The city says they plan to have all this roadwork complete by the Folk Festival in September. If construction is not complete by the time the Folk Festival comes around, we’re told the city will put a pause on construction and will make sure the sidewalks are clear and safe for pedestrians to use.
Businesses we spoke to on Wednesday tell us they think all of this construction will be worth it in the end.