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Ogdensburg considers new traffic patterns downtown to improve pedestrian safety


OGDENSBURG — In an effort to make the city’s downtown safer for pedestrians, the City Council will hold a public hearing about proposed changes to the intersections at Washington and State streets and Ford and State streets.

At Washington and State streets, the state Department of Transportation is considering installing a three-way stop that would hold all traffic when pedestrians are crossing. A no-turn-on-red sign would be added. No-turn-on-red signs would be added at Ford and State streets as well, although traffic there is already entirely stopped when pedestrians are crossing.

DOT Region 7 spokesman Michael R. Flick said state regulations require no-turn-on-red signs whenever there is a total halt of vehicle traffic for pedestrians; he said they need to be added at the Ford and State intersection.

City Manager John M. Pinkerton said he has received complaints from some of the city’s elderly residents who have difficulty crossing at Washington and State streets.

“If you’re elderly and you wanted to go from the Centennial Tower to the library, you’re going to push the button and it’s going to stop all traffic on State Street,” Mr. Pinkerton said. “But it will not stop the traffic going westward on Washington. People could turn into you. It could happen in various directions.”

Mr. Flick said work will not begin until after the City Council passes a resolution in support. The public hearing will be at 7 p.m. April 14 at City Hall.

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