Watertown's West Main Street Is Also On A 'Road Diet'

Watertown's West Main Street Is Also On A 'Road Diet'

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Dallas Langdon has lived on West Main Street in Watertown his entire life. But when he left for work the other day, the traffic lines looked a little different.

"We came to the conclusion that they kinda messed up a little bit so we started laughing and making jokes about it," he said.

But it was no mistake.  It turns out the city is in the middle of a road diet for restructuring West Main from Bradley Street and Mohawk Street.

The road been changed from 2 lanes each way, to one with a turning lane in the middle, and a bike lane and a parking lane on each side.

"That's what the new striping configuration is and that work is largely completed today," said Watertown City Engineer Justin Wood.

If this project sounds familiar, it is. It's the same idea behind the project that will happen on Washington Street in front of the schools.

It's all part of the city's new Complete Streets Policy, designed to make streets safer and more accessible for everyone using them.

"So Main Street's a good showcase project for what a similar road diet looks like and what will eventually be done on Washington Street," said Wood.

While there's been criticism over the city's plan to reduce lanes on Washington Street, Langdon hopes it won't be a problem on West Main Street.

"Hopefully the change is better for traffic and for the city," he said.

The project is almost complete.

Wood says crews just need to finish putting down all the markings and then it will look less like there was a mistake there.

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