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Haverhill

November 4, 2012

State refuses to keep street 2 ways

Bradford merchants, residents angry; expect traffic snarls through neighborhoods

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Macek said he briefed the owner of the bus company, Nelson Blinn, and several business and property owners about the state’s decision.

“They can’t believe it,” Macek said of the reaction of those he spoke to. “They are frustrated, just like the council.”

LePage said he is focused on compiling data to try convince the state to change its mind.

“They said they are willing to listen to us,” LePage said. “We need to make a case for how bad this will be for businesses, people who live (behind the square) and that there are safety issues for Sacred Hearts (School).”

Malcolm said he’s also upset that no one from the state or the city contacted people who own property or businesses on South Central Street when the plan to make the make the road one way was conceived several years ago.

“They’re doing something that is going to devalue businesses and properties, so you’d think they’d let people know with enough time to make preparations,” Malcolm said. “But I guess that’s too much to ask.”

Like others, Malcolm is also worried about potential impacts of the change to Sacred Hearts, where his grandson attends school.

“Parents who pick their children up there know there’s going to be more traffic if South Central is made one way,” Malcolm said.

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