Village OKs crosswalks near nursery school
Crosswalks will be painted at Washington Avenue and Russell Street in the village, an intersection used by children who attend the Mother Goose Nursery School in the Saugerties United Methodist Church.
The Village Board approved the crosswalks at a meeting this week after parent Karen Guillen said traffic does not slow down in front of the church.
“It’s like a hit-and-run game,” she said. “You literally have to run across. People don’t get that kids go there.”
The village also will put up signs near the church that warn drivers of children crossing.
Village Mayor Bill Murphy said efforts have been made to improve visibility for people who drive near the church.
“We took [a] tree down and we cleaned that whole corner up,” he said. “That tree made things a lot worse and, so ... there’s more visibility now, which is better.”
The crosswalks are expected to be painted in the spring of 2017.
Village of Saugerties officials have been making a concerted effort for several years to improve pedestrian safety, largely by way of new adding crosswalks and warning signs on Main Street in the business district.
Saugerties police have been stepping up the pedestrian safety effort, too, ticketing two people this fall for crossing Partition Street in the village business district at non-crosswalk locations.