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Canandaigua crosswalk changes

Canandaigua, N.Y. - Ken Gulvin said he's seen his fair share of close calls over the years along Main Street in downtown Canandaigua.

I see a lot of rear enders where one car will stop and the other cars behind them won't, Gulvin said.

Tabitha Jasmer walks almost every day along Main Street.

She said she feels unsafe.

It gets scary on certain days, Jasmer said. Sometimes the cars like to stop and sometimes they don't.

According to Canandaigua's City Manager, David Forrest, since 2006, there have been 80 accidents downtown, mainly involving fender benders. In September, a woman was killed, crossing the intersection at Saltonstall Street when she was hit by a car.

City leaders say they want to make changes.

As part of a streetscape project what we're doing is installing three new pedestrian crossings with flashing lights at Saltonstall, Coy and Coach Streets, those are the three intersections that's had the most accidents, Forrest said.

The city also wants to look at reducing the speed limit downtown from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

But some say when it comes to pedestrian safety, it's a two way street.

It's partly a motor vehicle issue but it's also partly pedestrian issue. Pedestrians need to be aware of their environment only enter the street when it's safe to do so, Forrest said.

I think they're very confusing. On a four lane highway we shouldn't have them, pedestrians should cross at their own risk, Gulvin said.

The city has been working with state leaders to investigate the safety of crosswalks.

Below is a response from Assemblyman Brian Kolbs office:

"There are longstanding concerns with the crosswalks along Main Street in Downtown Canandaigua, and action is needed to ensure problems are addressed correctly and comprehensively.  The safety of pedestrians is paramount.  I have requested the State Department of Transportation to conduct an investigation of the situation in Canandaigua and present their findings to the City. There are a number of opinions and suggestions on what needs to be done on Route 332 - but it's incumbent upon all public officials representing Canandaigua to get a thorough review and recommendations before choosing a course of action."


Alexis Arnold, 13WHAM-TV
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