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Installation of crosswalk deemed unsafe in village

LANCASTER- After reviewing the request to install a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk at Pleasant Avenue at the Lancaster Towers complex it was denied by the Village of Lancaster Board Wednesday night.

According to Lancaster Village Trustee Dawn Robinson, there were some safety traffic concerns brought to the board’s attention at the corner of Pleasant and Central avenues. The board enlisted the help of Donald Gallo, the village’s consulting engineer, to conduct an engineer study.

“It was deemed it was just not safe to put a crosswalk in there, according to the laws and the distance to the intersections that are already there,” explained Robinson. “We are going to communicate that to the residents and the Towers management so they understand. We did listen to their plait and at the end of the day public safety is a main issue.”

In a letter from Gallo, he stated there are several reasons the crosswalk is not needed and is not safe. First being that the Central Avenue controlled intersection is less than 200 feet from the Towers. Standards indicate that a mid-block crossing is not desirable when the nearest protected crossing is less than 300 feet away, noting that some guidelines suggest a distance of 600 feet is close enough.

“Since the controlled crossing at Central Avenue is less than 300 feet away, sound traffic engineering practices indicate that a mid-block crosswalk should not be installed,” Gallo stated.

Also, a recent Federal Highway Administration Policy Manual for Pedestrian Crossings states, “mid-block crossings on roadways with two lanes of traffic in the same direction will not normally be considered.”

And lastly, the proximity of the right turn lane out of the Rite Aid parking lot poses another safety risk to those using the mid-block crosswalk.

The board also discussed placing a “no turn on red sign” at the northeast corner at Pleasant and Central avenues.

“We have done pretty extensive research on that, consulting with the Federal Highway Administration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices,” remarked Robinson. “There is no reason according to that manual that we need to institute or put a ‘no turn on red sign’.”

But taking it a step further, the board consulted with the Lancaster Police Department to obtain a 12-month accident occurrence analysis and found again there is no indication that a sign is needed there.

Robinson explained as a third approach they are looking for an expert opinion from someone who is involved with the village’s streetscape who knows more about these traffic issues.

“So, at this time we are going to leave that pending until we get one more reason to substantiate whether or not we should put a no turn on red,” said Robinson.

In other village news:

• The board declared Friday, June 14, “Edward J. Myszka Day” in the Village of Lancaster. Myszka, who will be retiring as superintendent of schools at the end of the month, is a lifetime resident of Lancaster and is the first alumnus in the history of the Lancaster Central School District to be named superintendent. Myszka has been in the district for 46 years and the superintendent since 2007.

“He’s done an outstanding job for just about everybody here in the community,” said Lancaster Village Trustee William C. Schroeder.

• A public hearing will be held at 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 24, on the proposed revised sign legislation.

• The board approved the site plan for the asbestos abatement and selective deconstruction of the LVP Complex submitted by the Village of Lancaster Community Development Corporation.

• A resolution was approved to authorize services from E.S. Construction for the replacement of the sewer garage roof at the Department of Public Works in the amount of $7,500. The funds will be appropriated from the fund balance in the sewer fund.

The next Village of Lancaster Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 5423 Broadway, Lancaster.


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