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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Traffic Study Requested for Post Road East Crosswalk

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The Westport Board of Selectmen, acting in its capacity as the town’s Traffic Authority, voted today to request the state Department of Transportation to conduct a safety study of a crosswalk in front of 1655 Post Road East (above) where a pedestrian was killed last month. (See WestportNow Dec. 23, 2008) The board held off requesting installation of a pedestrian-activated traffic signal there pending the study. However, the board did request the DOT to approve installation of a pedestrian-activated, solar-powered yellow flashing signal at a crosswalk at Riverside Avenue and Sylvan Lane, site of numerous near-miss pedestrian accidents. If approval is given, funds for the signal would have to be authorized by the town’s funding bodes. A representative of the owner of a nearby office building said the owner would contribute to the cost. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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This is insane, instead of putting a deterrent on Riverside immediately (lets wait for DOT approval on a solar powered sign) we are going to run it thru committees Bad enough there has been various near misses of pedestrians at this crosswalk, SAUGATUCK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR !  Hello 25 MPH ????  Kids, school buses, traffic zooming by …….. just try turning into to Saugatuck parking in the morning
At the risk of sounding repetitive this town has got to get speeders to SLOW DOWN !!!

Posted by chip stephens on January 29, 2009 at 06:26 PM | #
 

Let’s conduct a study now?  Don’t ya think it’s a tad bit late for that?  The intersection where there have been numerous near misses takes precedence over where there has already been a fatality? Four lanes vs two?  How about installing them at both now? I’m sure a year long study is going to cost more than installing the signals themselves. Lets be proactive for once, instead of reactive. Starting a “study” now is pointless at best.  Doesn’t sound like anyone is acting in best interests for the public here.  We’ll all just wait for another person to be killed.

Posted by Stanley Millazzo on January 29, 2009 at 08:09 PM | #
 

It is truly amazing that so many motorists fail to yield to pedestrian traffic at many of the crosswalk locations around town. I live on Gorham Avenue and have had motorists hit the horn and yell at me for crossing Main Street in the pedestrian crosswalk. Several years ago, one of our neighbors, Martin West, who is a documentary filmmaker made a short film which showed one out take of him crossing the street and an oncoming car nearly taking him out. Today, while driving by the down town post office, I observed a woman driving while talking on her cell phone and disregarding the cross walk sign to yield to the pedestrian who was about to cross the street. It is infuriating to see this! Aggressive enforcement is a must in order to prevent future tragedies. Studies are fine but aggressive enforcement is much more effective!

Posted by Jamie Walsh on January 30, 2009 at 12:40 AM | #
 

BUMP

Have there been any updates on the crosswalk lights on PRE and Riverside?

Also, why isnt there a ped-X sign in the middle of Saugatuck Ave at the pedestrian crossing (south of the train tressel) from the west RR parking towads the Wsprt RR station. No one stops for people crossing in that walkway. It used to be nice to see the WPD sitting there each evening to help motorists “See” the signs that say you must stop.  But havent been there in a long while.

Posted by Rich Groblewski on November 04, 2009 at 04:12 PM | #
 

It’s an odd thing about pedestrians in marked crosswalks - in CA, where it has been the law for decades that once a pedestrian sets foot in a cross-walk traffic must stop, the rule is observed religiously by motorists. A similar law has been on the books in CT for a few years now, but CT motorists either don’t care or simply don’t know.

Perhaps it’s time to educate them with an enforcement campaign - nothing educates quite like a healthy ticket . . . .

Posted by Jack Whittle on November 04, 2009 at 04:49 PM | #
 

BUMP

Have there been any updates on the crosswalk lights on PRE and Riverside?

Also, why isnt there a ped-X sign in the middle of Saugatuck Ave at the pedestrian crossing (south of the train tressel) from the west RR parking towads the Wsprt RR station. No one stops for people crossing in that walkway. It used to be nice to see the WPD sitting there each evening to help motorists “See” the signs that say you must stop.  But havent been there in a long while.

Posted by Rich Groblewski on July 01, 2010 at 08:08 PM | #