New Bedford’s Park Avenue appears to be narrowing

Park Avenue west of Church Street in New Bedford’s North End has gone through a number of changes over the years, and here we go again.

There was a time when this section of Park Avenue was a two-way street. If you were driving north on Church Street and wanted to take a left on Park Avenue, you could do so and avoid the traffic light at Tarkiln Hill Road.

If you were driving east on Tarkiln Hill Road and wanted to go south on Church Street or continue on Park Avenue past Church Street, you might veer right onto Park Avenue and miss the traffic light at Tarkiln Hill.

It looks like New Bedford is expanding the Polish American Veterans Memorial by reducing the width of Park Avenue.

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At some point, someone decided to fix what didn’t need fixing, and they made this section of Park Avenue a one-way street where only eastbound travel was allowed. You could no longer turn left on Park Avenue if you were heading north on Church Street.

It looks like New Bedford is expanding the Polish American Veterans Memorial by reducing the width of Park Avenue.

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Now someone has decided to DIY this Part Avenue park again. This time they make the street narrower. I mean much narrower. Really skinny!

You can still only access Park Avenue by heading east on Tarkiln Hill Road and you can either turn right onto Church Street or continue on Park Avenue past Church Street but down a much narrower street.

It looks like New Bedford is expanding the Polish American Veterans Memorial by reducing the width of Park Avenue.

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It looks like the city has decided to steal part of Park Avenue to add real estate to the Polish American Veterans Monument, which sits in the middle of the triangle formed by Tarkiln Hill Road, Park Avenue and Church Street – but I don’t I don’t know for sure.

It looks like New Bedford is expanding the Polish American Veterans Memorial by reducing the width of Park Avenue.

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Messages left for Department of Infrastructure Commissioner Jamie Ponte and Mayor Jon Mitchell’s press secretary Michael Lawrence went unanswered on Wednesday.

Guess we’ll have to wait until it’s all over to see what it will look like.

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