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Sewickley Council OKs one-way Ferry Street

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

If you drive along Ferry Street, be warned: Within the next 10 days or so, you mistakenly could drive the wrong way.

Sewickley Council members in a 7-1 vote Monday night approved changing traffic flow along Ferry Street from a two-way to a one-way road with traffic heading from Bank Street to Little Street. Stan Ference dissented. Carole Ford was absent.

The change is expected to take place after the road has been paved, borough Manager Kevin Flannery said.

He didn't offer a specific date, but said stop signs and one-way signs would go up within 10 days to alert drivers. Blinking red lights will be placed on the stop signs, and police will do extra patrols, he said.

The direction of Ferry Street has been an issue since borough leaders closed the road earlier this year.

A study released in April suggested the road should be one way, but some residents disagreed with how borough leaders reached that decision and said a more in-depth study should have been done.

The study “lacks on options,” Ferry Street resident Nancy Turk said.

Turk said she worried about how drivers' speeds might increase.

Drivers already “travel a great rate of speed down our road,” she said.

Turk said several young children live on the street, which causes parents to worry about drivers speeding by.

Cochran Hose Company Chief Jeff Neff said he would have preferred traffic flow running in the opposite direction but said fire trucks would have no problem being turned onto the road in the case of an emergency. “If there's a fire on Ferry, don't worry. We'll get to it,” he said.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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