Dickson and Carpenter streets will be open to two-way traffic beginning June 1 on either side of the now-demolished McCormick Middle School.
The decision was made Monday by Wellington village council.
“We’ve done our due diligence in waiting for the bulk of McCormick construction to be over, listened to concerns from residents, and feel that this is the right move,” said village manager Steve Pyles.
Area resident Virginia Guitar voiced her opposition to the move before the ordinance was passed.
“Traffic worked well on the streets in the past when the school’s let out at different times,” she said. “That changed quickly when they went to simultaneous hours. When the McCormick site eventually becomes a park, kids will begin to make their way over there. Are they going to be as safe as before with two-way traffic?”
Benefits of the change were laid out by council, including residents on Dickson being about to turn directly onto Main St. and lifting the heavy burden of buses constantly turning around at the Courtland-Herrick intersection.
“We can always amend or change this if it ends up having problems,” said council member Guy Wells.
Council will also work to quickly post signs indicating the change in traffic, according to Pyles.
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Resident Virginia Guitar lays out her concerns for a change in traffic patterns on Dickson and Carpenter streets. Wellington village council delayed making the streets two-way until June 1 to give residents two more weeks of preparation.