Fix traffic problems by improving parking
Dear Editor, I have been a resident of the village of Saugerties for years. Although the charm of small towns is alluring to tourist and, to a degree, provides a vital source of revenue, especially to the local retail establishments, the allure of the small village also draws new residents to the community. Unfortunately, the congestion on the streets often presents an unfriendly atmosphere to pedestrians crossing the street, as well as an increase of transiting vehicles to be parked and mobile traffic.
My auto was hit, as well as a lot of others, according to body shops in the area. Partition Street is such a place. The inability of vehicles to avoid accidents with parked vehicles, transiting vehicles, and pedestrians is a result of the narrow nature of the street and the lack of visual acuity by everyone.
I visited the Saugerties Town Board and the town transportation and trafficking committee in October. I proposed several solutions, but the overriding measure was the elimination of all parking on that street. The town/village must acquire available lots in close proximity to the center of the village and reassign existing parcels to service handicapped persons, street residents, and retail proprietors first, before the visiting public. A depot location was proposed as well.
It’s imperative that residents voice their opinions and concerns by contacting the boards/ committees via email and attending upcoming meetings. Scott Young