PATERSON, NJ - An effort to reinvigorate the 21st Avenue shopping and restaurant corridor caused disruptions Wednesday as dozens of vehicles failed to adhere to the newly established one way traffic system.

With the changes, traffic on the former two-way thoroughfare will only be able to travel in one direction between Madison Avenue and Summer Street. Newly created angled parking made possible by the new system will add 65 parking spaces. 

“It’s hard to get out of long held habits,” 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz said as he stood in the roadway directing traffic. “This is going to be a good thing,” he assured, while lamenting that despite the installation of numerous one way and do not enter signs some drivers remained confused.

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After speaking with shop owners and making a few phone calls Abdelaziz was able to secure additional signage that was erected at each impacted cross street, something he said was making traffic flow "much smoother."

“These are the sort of changes we need to see in Paterson, businesses are excited about it, it’s going to be positive.

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