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New Hartford board approves plan to reroute Consumer Square traffic

The New Hartford Planning Board met to discuss traffic concerns at Consumer Square near Starbucks and approve a plan to reroute traffic.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 1:09 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2020 6:29 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – The New Hartford Planning Board met to discuss traffic concerns at Consumer Square near Starbucks and approve a plan to reroute traffic.

Traffic flow around the parking area at Starbucks has been concerning because traffic often backs up on to Commercial Drive, and could pose issues for emergency traffic.

Benderson Development created a plan to reroute traffic to alleviate the congestion.

“So, now when you come in, you'll actually go past Applebee's and come around by Best Buy, and go right down the lane and stack. They'll be signage, there will be concrete barriers, there will be striping, but we just think that this is the right thing to do,” said Heather Mowat, chair of the planning board.

The plan was approved, but the board may revisit the issue in the spring if further changes need to be made to the traffic pattern.

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