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Traffic concerns, DOT paving plans focus of Potsdam Village Board

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POTSDAM — A yield sign at the corner of Market and Maple Street, as well as impatient drivers ignoring village crosswalks have raised the concerns of Potsdam village officials.

Trustee Eleanor Hopke addressed the allegedly ill-placed yield sign during the most recent village board meeting and is looking for further investigation to be done with what she considers to be a potential hazard.

“Is there any way we can have a line to tell us where to stop? There is a line at the one on Clarkson Avenue going onto Maple (Street,)” Ms. Hopke said. “It is confusing coming around the corner and the yield sign is so close to where the merge point is. Is there something we can do to address this?”

Ms. Hopke said the yield indicator on Clarkson Avenue is more obvious and better placed than the one adjacent to the Clarkson Inn on Main Street.

“I would find it better if there was a solid line telling you exactly where to stop,” Ms. Hopke said.

Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis said he would look into the issue. “We can certainly ask the Department of Transportation if they could stripe that. They have regulations on what can be done,” he said.

Trustee Stephen Warr raised his concern about drivers disregarding crosswalks.

“I’ve personally witnessed people crossing that almost get hit,” he said “ I see people driving by (the Roxy movie theater) and not paying attention whether people are crossing or not. You need to have some caution,” Mr. Warr said. “There’s also one by the old Aubuchon Hardware Store on Market Street and there is one by the hospital. ”

“I think it’s been a longstanding issue. Our police officers do a wonderful job, but pedestrian safety has to be a constant vigil,” Mr. Warr said. “I think education is the best policy rather than policing it 24 hours a day. We need to educate the drivers so they can police it themselves.”

In other action Monday night, Administrator David H. Fenton announced some street paving work he said is scheduled to start in June.

“I found out from the DOT last Thursday or Friday that they are going to be repaving all of the loop downtown and all the way out to Price Chopper next summer. We have tried to coordinate with them so it’s done after graduation and before the students come back, not during the summer festival,” Mr. Fenton said.

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