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by The Republican Newsroom
Monday July 21, 2008, 8:15 PM

By MIKE PLAISANCE
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SPRINGFIELD - To the delight of residents, the City Council tonight voted unanimously to ban through traffic at two intersections in Forest Park.

The vote means that barriers that had been erected on a trial basis since late December will become permanent at Marengo Park and Dickinson Street and at Bellevue Avenue and Belmont Avenue.

Residents like Ronald A. Joley said the temporary bans have restored peace and quiet to the streets by stopping the influx of speeding car, prostitution, drug dealing and other problems.

"I am very pleased with it. It's long overdue," said Joley, of Bellevue Ave.

The City Council was considering a recommendation from the Board of Public Works. Most of the 60 people who attended a board meeting on the issue July 14 supported keeping the two intersections' traffic barriers, which were installed in late December.

The barriers have ended the streets' use as cut-throughs for speeding drivers and as pit-stops for prostitutes and drug-dealers who drift over from Belmont Avenue seeking secluded side streets, they said.

Council President Bud L. Williams said prior to the meeting that he would vote to keep the traffic barriers because that's what the people who live there want.

City Councilor Bruce W. Stebbins said he is glad the area's tranquillity has returned. But the city must keep working on the crime that caused the issue and not be surprised if residents elsewhere demand the city close their streets, too, he said.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index....y=Crime+category=Springfield+category=Traffic
 
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