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Norwood-Norfolk to request speed study near school campus

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NORFOLK — Norwood-Norfolk Central School officials plan to petition the state Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on Route 56 in the vicinity of the school.

The speed limit for the area is 45 miles per hour.

Scott L. Freeman, a landscape architect with Keplinger Freeman Associates LLC, East Syracuse, is working with the district to reconfigure the campus parking lot as part of the project. Mr. Freeman told board of education members during a work session that he and Superintendent James M. Cruikshank already have met with a DOT representative to talk about their concerns.

Superintendent James M. Cruikshank said among the problems was slowing down to turn right into the school parking lot while northbound on Route 56.

“If you don’t go off the shoulder, traffic is on your tail,” he said.

“The entrance to the elementary is right at the crest of the hill. You have sight distance problems at 45 miles an hour,” board member David Flint said.

Mr. Cruikshank said he had spoken with Norfolk Town Supervisor Charles A. Pernice, who said he would consider supporting the move.

Michael R. Flick, public information officer for DOT Region 7, which covers the north country, said each request for a study is taken on a case-by-case basis.

DOT representatives also consult with the state police to get their thoughts on whether the request should be granted or studied further, Mr. Flick said.

“If it’s on a state highway, they’re going to have to enforce it,” he said. “If it warrants reduction, we typically grant that.”

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