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New traffic pattern in City of Amsterdam

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Albany/HV: New traffic pattern in City of Amsterdam
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One way streets in the City of Amsterdam will soon be the wrong way. A new traffic pattern goes into effect Tuesday for the first time in 30 years. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, city and state officials met Wednesday morning to go over last minute concerns.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- For the past 30 years, traffic was only able to travel west on parts of Route 5 through the City of Amsterdam. But next week, many of those one way signs will be a thing of the past.

"It will be easier for people to get around the city," said Mayor Ann Thane.

Two way traffic will be permitted on parts of Route 5 and Church Street and a new ramp will direct cars traveling eastbound on Route 5 right into downtown.

"This will all help to revitalize our downtown and that's our ultimate goal," said Mayor Thane.

Another benefit, officials, say is fire trucks and police cars leaving the public safety building will now be able to get to emergencies quicker.

Amsterdam Police Deputy Chief Victor Hugo said, "The fire trucks will now be able to go east bound from the station. In the past, they had to loop around and took them a longer time."

"We've barreled off some lanes and what have you to try and get people used to those traffic patterns," said Jim Piccola, DOT Spokesperson.

City and state officials met Wednesday morning to address any last minute concerns before they remove the orange barrels.

"Right now, we're just looking at minor things with signs, traffic lights, making sure heads are lined up correctly," Piccola said.

"We're going to have officers down there patrolling the areas, hopefully make sure there are no traffic collisions and that everybody's driving appropriately," said Hugo.

The traffic change officially goes into effect Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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