Signs of safety

Some new street signs are up on Route 20 in Fredonia, and village officials hope pedestrian safety will rise along with them.

Additional crosswalk signs were recently installed by the state Department of Transportation after requests from local officials. The signs are designed to call attention to the crosswalks where Route 20 is intersected by Park Place, Center Street and Forest Place and include arrows and bright orange metal flags.

Fredonia Court Justice David Prince told the OBSERVER he and Village of Fredonia Chief of Police Bradley Meyers had several conversations about addressing safety issues on the busy road. He said in addition to a pedestrian struck last year in the area, “There have been a lot of close calls” between cars and pedestrians.

“Over the last year, Chief Meyers and I met and we were both concerned about the number of people who don’t stop for pedestrians crossing at Center and Park (and at Forest). We had a few meetings and contacted the state,” he said.

Prince said officials from the DOT responded quickly and put up arrows and orange reflectors pointing to the crosswalk in about a week after the call was made. “We were very pleased by the response,” he stated.

“We felt the (old) signage there was not adequate to call attention to the crosswalk,” Prince explained.

“I also want to remind people the pedestrian has still has responsibility to cross carefully and avoid danger,” Prince said.

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