Kittanning council will host a town hall meeting to get input from residents about whether they support opening Jefferson Street to two-way traffic.
The proposed change would be made when the borough starts the second phase of its Downtown Impact project, council President Randy Cloak said.
A traffic study commissioned by the borough a year ago recommended opening Jefferson and McKean streets to two-way traffic. The borough is moving to make such a change on McKean Street, but Cloak said new members of council wanted to get public input before making the change on Jefferson Street.
“We just want to make sure that what we plan to do is what residents and business owners want,” Cloak said.
The town hall meeting is 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Church of God on Woodward Avenue in Kittanning. The meeting will review the proposed changes and open the floor for comments.
“We would like more input from the folks that are going to be directly affected by this,” Cloak said.
Council will seek input also on a change from parallel to diagonal parking that is being considered for Market Street.
Similar public hearings were held after the release of the traffic study, said Jennifer Bellas, director of the Armstrong County Community Development Office.
Borough engineer Senate Engineering is working on plans for phase two of the Downtown Impact project, which was recently awarded a $3 million state grant. The first phase that includes street paving and other improvements downtown is nearing completion.
“Council just wants to affirm or get additional opinions before phase two begins,” Bellas said. “If people have an opinion on it and they didn’t voice their opinion the first time we had the meetings, they can voice it now.”
Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1315 or [email protected].