Changes in Marietta Traffic Pattern

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

With the Washington Street Bridge temporarily closed, city officials in Marietta have taken measures to keep traffic moving smoothly.

Some of the left-hand turns on to Putnam Street have been eliminated, and other lanes that allowed drivers to go straight are now being used as turn lanes.

Mayor Michael Mullen says these changes are just a short-term inconvenience for drivers, and the traffic pattern will change back when the bridge construction is complete.

"It's a major disruption of what's normal, but we think that we made all the provisions to move traffic as painlessly as we can, and it seems to be working," Mayor Mullen said.

Mayor Mullen says these temporary traffic changes will be beneficial in the long-run, as this bridge construction will add another 40 to 50 years to the structure.

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  • by Mark Location: Parkersburg on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    At least the new Putnam Street bridge has four lanes. Imagine if the old two-lane bridge was still there...that would be a mess!
  • by Traveler Location: Marietta on Jun 11, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    I am happy that Marietta took the time to study the traffic patterns. I remember when the bridge was closed before and it took 30-40 minutes to get from Harmar Hill to in town. Now it only takes me an extra 5 minutes. As for people not obeying the traffic changes, it will take time. Look how long it took motorists to stop at the stop sign at the corner where the Lafayette Hotel is located. Don't start any road rages just be patient!
  • by Just me Location: Marietta on Jun 11, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    Everybody is still making left turns from putnam onto 2nd Including washinton county sheriffs dept when they go to the courthouse.. Tuesday when i was going down putnam. I had to sit in line while 3 cars made left turns. 1 which was a washington county sheriffs cruiser,which went to the courthouse
  • by Jess Location: Marietta on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    A little late don't you think. It would have been nice if they would have let the public know of the changes ahead of time. And as far as traffic moving smoothly, I would have to beg the differ. It seems to me that people are still unaware of the Putnam Street Bridge changes. I travel across the bridge at least twice a day and every time I get close to the light someone cuts in front of me because they are in the wrong lane. I am glad to hear that all the changes are temporary.
  • by Mtta Res. Location: Mtta on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    Wow the complaints on Mtta Times website-folks, imagine if it were 2yrs. /- to rebuild another one -this is hopefully for only 60 days, then it's done! It is an inconvenience, but one we all knew was coming.
  • by Ricardo M Location: Barlow on Jun 10, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    I was in Marietta yesterday to shop along Putnam street. Was I ever surprised to discover three cars parked along the curb where parking USED to be allowed, all right in front of NO PARKING AT ANY TIME signs. I was surprised, until I realized it was due to the changing traffic pattern. So I went around the block and found a parking space. Still able to shop, but just had to walk a little further.
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