Council approves summer traffic flow changes

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Cones and signage mark one-way street in Lake Como. CHRISTIN NICE / THE COAST STAR

LAKE COMO — The borough council approved an ordinance to approve summer-only one-way traffic flows and new parking regulations at its Wednesday, June 28 meeting.

The action followed expressions of concern by Lake Como residents about summer traffic and parking issues on the affected streets.

It extends parking prohibitions to the south side of 18th Avenue, Main Street to New Bedford Road, on Fridays, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays, from midnight to midnight and Sundays, from midnight to 6 p.m.

One-way traffic designation was also added to 19th Avenue, from Bradley Terrace to B Street eastbound, Redmond Avenue westbound, and 17th Avenue from B to Main Street westbound.
A stop sign will be added on 17th Avenue at White Street, westbound.

Belmar resident Peter Piro said the planned placement of a “Do Not Enter” sign for one-way traffic headed west, on 19th and B Street, would place the sign in Belmar, rather than Lake Como and send extra traffic into his neighborhood.

He called the new one-way signage “absolute insanity,” telling the council, “You are creating chaos; you may have unintended consequences.”

Councilman Kevin Higgins, who introduced the ordinance, cited “a request from our Director of Public Safety to alter our traffic flow during the summer to ensure greater transportation of emergency vehicles.”

He added: “At the same time we are responding to several residents who have been asking for years, to change the traffic pattern in the area of Bradley Terrace and Greenwood Terrace.”

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