Cumberland Times-News

January 6, 2014

‘Do Not Enter’ doesn’t seem to mean what it used to mean

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— The way traffic is routed to go during the road work on Baltimore Avenue is one way up the hill from Bellevue Street to Shades Lane.

Down at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Bellevue Street there is a sign that says “Do not enter.”

Also in front of 350 Baltimore Ave. there is a sign that says “ Do not Enter” for the people coming out of Goethe Street.

So the cars have to make a “U-Turn” to go up the hill.

The problem is that no one pays any mind to the signs.

Since the road work started so many cars have gone down the street coming out of Goethe Street and cars have come all the way down from Shades Lane, too.

There have been fewer police cars coming up Baltimore Street than when the road work was not here.

I have seen cars coming out of Goethe Street and going down the street when school buses are coming up the street.

I have seen Cumberland Police cars come out of Goethe Street turn their lights on and go down the street and when they get to Bellevue Street they turn their lights off.

I have also seen sheriff cars coming out of Goethe Street and going down the street.

I could understand it if they had an emergency and had to go down the street, but from what I have seen they have not. So if the police will not obey the signs, why should anybody else?

Now, I do not drive anymore due to health reasons. But when I was driving and there was a sign that said “Do Not Enter,” you did not enter or you would get a ticket for going the wrong way on a one-way street.

Now I really do not think that the law has changed to say “It’s OK to go the wrong way or I do not have to go by the “Do Not Enter” sign.

Someone is going to cause an auto accident on the street because of this problem. Now I think along with other people I have talked to about this problem something has to be done about it.

So being a taxpayer, what are we going to do about it?

Gary Frost

Cumberland

 

Dear Mr. Frost:

Thank you for contacting me to bring this concern to my attention. I have sent a separate email to Chief Hinnant and to City Administrator Rhodes to look into your concerns and potentially address updates to the signage currently in place.

I am confident that Chief Hinnant, Sheriff Robertson and Mr. Rhodes will review your message and address it appropriately.

 Thanks again for contacting me. Please feel free to do so any time that I can be of assistance.

 Mayor Brian Grim