Fix traf­fic prob­lems by im­prov­ing park­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

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


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