With a new month comes new rules for the road. Drivers in Amsterdam are now able to travel two ways on streets that had previously been one way. Mayor Ann Thane was the first to catch views of the city from a new direction. YNN's Maria Valvanis has more.
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- For the first time in 30 years, one way streets in Amsterdam are officially two way. Mayor Ann Thane led local leaders around the city Tuesday kicking off the start of the new traffic patterns.
"It's been a long time coming. This is part of our 2004 comprehensive plan for the city," said Mayor Thane.
The project was community driven to make downtown more accessible. Dennis O'Malley, a past resident and driving force behind the changes, came out Tuesday to see the years of work come to fruition.
"It's like a child growing up. You come up with an idea and you follow through and you start to work with local officials and get support and follow it up the chain," said O'Malley.
The changes include a new ramp allowing traffic traveling Eastbound on Route 5 to drive straight into the city's downtown rather than having to go around. Drivers can also now head down the hill on Church Street towards East Main Street.
"We feel that if people pay attention to the signs, pavement markings and lights, they should have no issues getting around the city," said DOT spokesperson Jim Piccola.
And instead of driving around the city, missing essential pieces of the community, actually drive right through it.
O'Malley said, "Having people drive through the city and experience the city will hopefully help make Amsterdam thrive again."
The DOT will monitor the new patterns over the next few months and make changes if needed.