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Reactions of business owners to traffic lights removal: bad, good, and indifferent

Sandy Gorrell had to wait for traffic to clear before she could leave the parking lot
of The Newport Plain Talk near the intersection of East Broadway and Jefferson Avenue,
on Monday, Nov. 25. Several business owners expressed opposition to a recent move by
the City of Newport to "bag" the signal lights seen here in the background.
Published: 8:11 AM, 11/26/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Reactions of business owners and others in the neighborhood of the "bagging", or covering up, of the signal lights at Broadway and Jefferson Avenue in downtown Newport vary from negative, to positive, to indifferent. A clear majority of people interviewed opposed the action to cover the lights.The debate over the intersection's lights seems to have intensified since they were essentially "removed" by placing covers over them, and stop signs were placed on side traffic on Jefferson Avenue, since Wednesday, Nov. 13.The Newport City Council, hearing a complaint from the co-owner of Flowers for Wilma on Broadway, Teresa Webb, at their Nov. 12 meeting, voted 2-1 to cover up the lights.For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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