East Carson Street businesses respond to the lifting of most of Pittsburgh Public Safety’s traffic restrictions – CBS Pittsburgh
SOUTH TECH (KDKA) – Two-way traffic has returned to busy East Carson Street from the south side.
Pittsburgh Public Safety is ending its pilot traffic program which was put in place to prevent violent incidents.
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Employees at East Carson Street businesses are happy that traffic has returned to normal and hope the restrictions will not return.
Traffic was one-way on Fridays and Saturdays for about two months.
Pittsburgh Public Safety has made the necessary adjustments to reduce traffic jams, improve pedestrian safety and reduce violence.
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City officials said they had seen positive improvements and were pleased with the progress being made to increase security on the south side.
Parking is still prohibited on Fridays and Saturdays after 8 p.m. between 10th and 18th streets.
The normal traffic flow could give business a boost.
“I think a lot of businesses here have been affected,” said Mark Albert Barbera, tattoo artist at Inspire Body Art. “He was still jumping every weekend and then seemed to be really dead for a while. I think it was also chaotic, a lot of cars were towed, people were pretty upset about it so I’m really happy to hear things are getting back to normal here.
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KDKA is also discussing with restaurant workers later this evening any potential fears that crime could increase without these restrictions. Watch the full story airing at 11 p.m. on KDKA-TV News and CBSN Pittsburgh.