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Traffic pattern problems resurface

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By Jim Clark

After all these many months, the recent action at the City Council meeting should not have come as a surprise.

One year ago this week I wrote a short piece about the traffic pattern for the new Walgreens. I called it "convoluted" and commented that the happiest people about the pattern would be one of Walgreens' competitors.

So what happened at the meeting? A Walgreens representative got up and asked for part of Northwest Main Street to remain open for better access into the parking lot.

Too late, said the city, which has already started work on Williston Heritage Park, formerly known as Linear Park.

Walgreens is realizing now what its representatives should have seen coming when the original plans were drawn up. It's very hard to get into the store if you're going east on Noble Avenue.

That's why the store was asking for changes. It had to settle for making the exit behind the post office both an entrance and an exit.

This area around the main intersection in town, Main Street and Noble Avenue, always seems to be in the news. The intersection was reconfigured, again, after trucks kept running into a building on the corner while making a right turn to go north. That took away some parking for the merchants. Then the city decided to redo the first block of what was then Linear Park. That work has just started. Walgreens came along to add a good retail outlet, but access isn't good and now the store wants a change.

Then the city had to change, at least temporarily, the parking pattern for those visiting City Hall because of the work on the park.

Who knows what's next?

At any rate, we're less than a month away from the Peanut Festival, and here's hoping that everything is in line to make the event run smoothly. After that comes Trail of Treaters on Oct. 31, and of course everything needs to be in good shape for the families that wander around town on that evening, which is a Friday and conflicts with a major high school football game (at North Marion) and the Levy County Fair.

Before you know it, it will be time for Light Up Williston.

Quick year, wasn't it? Is downtown ready for it?

Jim Clark is the editor of the Williston Pioneer Sun News. He can be reached at editor@willistonpioneer.com or at 528-3343.