Village OKs cross­walks near nurs­ery school

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

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.

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