Meeting scheduled to discuss changes to USM intersection

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PORTLAND — The city and the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System will co-host a meeting Thursday, July 12, to discuss alternatives to the six-legged intersection near the University of Southern Maine.

The meeting is the third in a series as PACTS and the city conduct a study to find a solution to the intersection of Brighton Avenue, Deering Avenue and Falmouth Street, where heavy traffic often backs up, crossing is difficult for cyclists and pedestrians, and turning can be nearly impossible for drivers turning left.

On Thursday, three alternative solutions will be discussed. Two involve replacing the intersection with a roundabout, and the third involves a new signal and lane designations.

The meeting will begin with refreshments at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 102 of the Wishcamper Center on Bedford Street. More information on the proposed changes is available at