• Threading The Needle The 100 block of North Main Street, particularly when cars are parked on both sides, creates a narrow passageway for motorists -- particular drivers of big rigs. This photo was taken midday Friday as northbound tractor-trailer negotia

TIGHT SQUEEZE CONTINUES DOWNTOWN

Latest mishap renews calls for Main Street solution

Another sideview mirror of a parked vehicle was clipped last week on Blackstone’s narrow North Main Street, prompting calls on social media for the Town to take action and make improvements.

But how best to address this decades-long problem in the Historic Business District?

Town officials in the early 2000s had a contentious, months-long debate on how best to resolve the issue, including an ill-fated “truck detour” that would have prohibited big rigs on Main and forced truckers to use Brown Street.

Former Town Manager, the late Larry Palmore, at one point proposed making Main Street one-way for northbound motorists and, conversely, make Brown Street oneway for southbound drivers.

 

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