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June 25, 2013

Downtown fix near end of the road

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A strong booster of the plan, Healey admits to feeling some tension regarding the final result.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, either,” she said.

Arthur Gordon, who helps manage a large portion of downtown property, is upbeat.

“It’s just about over,” he said yesterday.

And, watching late-morning traffic make its way down Main Street, he noted, “It’s moving just as well as it was before.”

Guy DeAngelo at the Music Box on Main Street is cautiously optimistic.

“I don’t know if all the issues have really been addressed,” he said. “They didn’t ask me.”

He worries in particular about drivers approaching Peabody Square hoping to turn right onto Central Street. That traffic backs up already, he said.

Still, DeAngelo said, “They did a great job. It looks wonderful. And there’s been very little disruption.”

Bill Woods Jr. of Patrick J. Woods & Co. Insurance, also on Main Street, is glad to see the work nearing completion, though he, too, said, “I don’t know how it’s going to work out.”

Employee Lorraine Cone noted that it’s been many years since the city converted Main Street from two to four lanes.

“(Peter) Torigian was mayor then,” she recalled, and there’s been a substantial increase in traffic in the years since.

Meanwhile, the experience during construction should bode well for the project, as Haney reports no complaints from drivers trying to pass through to Salem via Main Street, although there were brief periods when traffic was impacted.

Likewise, Healey said she drove through the downtown at least twice a day during construction and suffered no significant delays.

Staff writer Alan Burke can be reached at aburke@salemnews.com.

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