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South Portland traffic, parking revision heads to final vote

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South Portland traffic, parking revision heads to final vote

SOUTH PORTLAND — A one-block section of Ocean Street is now a vote away from becoming a one-way street with angled parking, after a City Council vote Monday night.

The 6-1 council vote, with Councilor Rosemarie De Angelis opposed, paves the way for converting Ocean Street into a northbound, one-way street between E and D streets. The ordinance amendment will allow angled parking to continue in front of businesses on the west side of the street.

Monday's vote was not unexpected, and followed several protracted council discussions about whether to keep the angled parking sought by the business owners, rather than proceeding with a plan to maintain two-way traffic and switch to parallel parking after completion of an extensive infrastructure and beautification project in the neighborhood.

The vote was a first reading and will be followed by another public hearing and vote on Oct. 1, which would confirm the change.

The conversion of the Ocean Street block will create 14 angled spaces on the west side of the street and six parallel spaces on the east side of the street, according to plans prepared by Dan Riley, an engineer with Sebago Technics.

The parking angles and dimensions on the street will conform with state recommendations, City Clerk Susan Mooney said.

Underground, new storm water and sewer pipes have been installed and linked. Above ground, new catch basins were built, and new concrete sidewalks have been poured. Sections of sidewalk have been widened, greenery has been planted and new street lights are being erected. The work is expected to be completed early next month.

The city's share of the $3.12 million project is about $2.7 million.

Reporter David Harry contributed to this report. Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.