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Traffic challenges put on display at Lansing meeting

Village of Lansing Trustees were asked to consider traffic remedies for NY State Route 13, and Dart Drive, which parallels the state route and is often used as a short cut from Warren Road to the mall. County Legislator Deborah Dawson asked the board to support a traffic study of the state route, and Planning Board member and Dart Drive resident Monica Moll requested better pedestrian protection on her street.

“I’ve lived on Dart Drive for 12 year,” Moll said. “In the past five to seven years speeding on the road has come to a point where it is quite unsafe to walk. We have people that walk on the road daily. I walk my son to the pre-school on the corner. It’s become quite a problem. Several people have come to planning board meetings to complain. Several people have tried calling the Sheriff’s office. So it’s an ongoing public safety issue.”

Moll said she knocked on every door on her street, and that everyone who answered the door signed a petition, which she presented to the trustees. She said there was unanimous agreement that more needs to be done. She said that over the past dozen years the neighborhood has morphed from retirees to families with small children, and noted that of two automobile accidents in her own front yard, one was serious enough to require an ambulance.

Recently the shoulders were widened, which she said has helped somewhat, but argued that sidewalks and/or speed humps would provide better pedestrian protection. About 50 people signed the petition.

A new issue is pedestrian traffic coming from the new pathway that leads from Dart Drive to the new Marian Hartill Park on Northwoods Drive. Mayor Donald Hartill said that a plan to install a pedestrian crosswalk with signage where the trail meets Dart Drive was not implemented this fall, but is still being considered.

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