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Oakmont extends trial run making Cedar Way a one-way street

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Oakmont council decided not to lift the temporary one-way restriction on Cedar Way that was to expire at the end of this month.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Oakmont council decided not to lift the temporary one-way restriction on Cedar Way that was to expire at the end of this month.

Oakmont council is keeping Cedar Way a one-way street while it awaits the results of a traffic study it commissioned this year.

The road that runs behind downtown businesses and parallels Allegheny Avenue was made one-way going north from Ann Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, and from College to Delaware avenues on Sept. 1 in an experiment to reduce traffic and make it safer for pedestrians. The trial run last week was extended beyond its original Nov. 30 ending date.

“I know people are upset about it and it taking longer to go home,” Councilman Tim Favo said. “To me, (concern about) safety hasn't changed just because (90) days have passed.” Council is awaiting results of a study of borough parking and traffic being done by David E. Wooster & Associates of Pittsburgh. President Thomas Briney said changing Cedar Way now could mean delays in completion of that work.

“We have created a bit of new traffic pattern,” he said. “We're better served to leave this in place.”

Changing traffic flow on Cedar Way was not well-received by many residents, officials said. “We've had too much comment from the community, and it is a problem,” Councilman George Coulter said. “I don't know if it was 85 percent unfavorable and 15 percent favorable, but there isn't a whole lot of favor.”

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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