The Maine Department of Transportation’s plan to eliminate Wiscasset’s on-street parking in order to mitigate summer traffic (Dec. 10) is mistakenly based on the assumption that congestion is caused by on-street parking. My observation has been that foot traffic, not parking, is the root cause of Wiscasset congestion.
A more elegant and less disruptive solution would be to construct a pedestrian underpass parallel to Water Street or Middle Street.
A pedestrian underpass would allow cars to pass through town uninterrupted, no longer needing to stop for summer foot traffic. Flyovers and traffic lights are not the solution.
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