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February 8, 2014

Traffic signal's future faces fork in the road

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The vehicle and pedestrian warrants require a minimum of 500 cars/hour for eight hours on the Center Street and 150 cars/hour for same eight hours on Church Street to meet the 100 percent requirement for a traffic signal, the study said.

The average weekday peak hour traffic on Center Street was 331 vehicles, which was below the 650 vehicle traffic bar for intersections with three approaches, the study said.

There have been no accidents reported of types susceptible to correction by a traffic control signal at the Church and Center streets intersection within the last 12 months, thus not justifying a traffic signal, Hawver’s report said, and there were no accidents reported during the 90-day traffic study period with the installation of all-way stop signs.

Common Council Member Bob Brzozowski, an FTO member whose Seventh Ward includes part of the intersection under study, said said he favors the stop-sign arrangement, which slows vehicular traffic and is safer for motorist and pedestrians. 

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