Safety Hazard

The closing of Fifth Street is causing some confusion for motorists trying to find their way around.

Carol Sandberg, a resident living of Sixth Street in Jamestown, has seen several cars traveling down the one-way road the wrong way. After returning home from work at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, she noticed five cars coming down the street the wrong way in just a few hours. Concerned about the issue, she put up a sign saying wrong way to let motorists know that Sixth Street is a one-way road. The issue, Sandberg said, surrounds the detour signs regarding the closure of Fifth Street.

“Ever since they started construction on Fifth Street, there have been numerous cars going the wrong way,” Sandberg said. “When I see them coming, I run out to the street and tell them they’re going the wrong way.”

Motorists who are being routed to Eighth Street are turning onto Sixth Street when there are no cars waiting at the light for people to know that it’s one way. She is concerned that the confusion will lead to a serious accident. Sandberg noted that motorists traveling the wrong way have been confronted by cars traveling down the street, leading to congestion and horns sounding off. Sandberg has re-routed motorists, including some who are from out of town, by having them back up in her driveway. Not all stop as some have made it all the way to Washington Street.

“I’ve come across the bridge and I’ve come around and it says detour,” Sandberg said. “It doesn’t say detour until after and you’re thinking the detour leads to Sixth Street. Something bad is going to happen because people coming down Sixth Street speed. I’m surprised an accident hasn’t occurred.”

The signs, said Sandberg, are confusing people, including people who are familiar with the area. She wanted to put up a sign weeks ago, and with the constant occurrences, she finally decided it was needed. Sandberg also noted that the confusion continues during the night since signs are difficult to see in the dark. Other neighbors have witnessed the occurrence, according to Sandberg.

“It used to be where you’d see a couple a day, but now it’s getting to be a dozen cars a day,” Sandberg said.

Officials at the Jamestown Department of Public Works said that they have not received any police reports surrounding motorists going the wrong way. The department also noted that there are a multitude of signs that denote Sixth Street as a one-way road.

Work on Fifth Street is moving along, according to officials, with concrete work scheduled to begin soon.