Council discusses Lincoln Street solutions

STRASBURG – Almost all members of Town Council voiced support at a Monday work session to place a stop sign by Lincoln Street near U.S. Route 11.

Previously having seen an 18-signature petition to make the street one way at a July work session, a number of council members changed their support from making the street one way to installing a stop sign.

Councilman Seth Newman again voiced his opposition to making the street a one-way.

“I don’t think this is something that’s best for town, and I think it’s irresponsible of council to just vote on something like this just because somebody wants it this way,” he said.

Strasburg Police Chief Tim Sutherly said VDOT analysts had recommended making Lincoln Street into a one-way street.

Lincoln Street resident Cindy Avvenire said a police officer had told her that the traffic trailer stationed near her residence to measure speeds does not record data. She said she saw that the trailer had registered speeds of 57 miles per hour.

Mayor Rich Orndorff said the police department should monitor speed in that area.

All but one member of Town Council said they would rather have a stop sign initially. Councilman Don Le Vine suggested the town monitor how the stop sign abates traffic issues for three months before deciding whether a one-way street is needed.

“I think we should make small steps and see what we’ll fix,” he said.

Councilman John “Red” Hall Jr. was the only member to continue support for the one-way street. A motion to install the stop sign will come before Town Council next week.

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