South Portland traffic, parking change coming June 1

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The Public Works Department is scheduled to re-stripe Ocean Street between D and E streets for two-way traffic and parallel parking on Tuesday night, May 31.

The change is in compliance with the City Council’s March decision to terminate one-way northbound traffic, with angled parking, on the street. 

Opponents of the decision, meanwhile, are circulating a petition to reverse the council’s action. Petition-gatherers by July 15 must collect valid signatures from at least 5 percent, or about 950, of registered city voters in the last regular municipal election.

The city clerk will have 20 days to determine if the signatures are valid, and the council will have 60 days to formally approve, alter, or reject the appeal.

If councilors approve the appeal it will become law. If the proposed language in the initiative is changed or rejected by the council, the appeal will continue and appear as a referendum question on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.