While no accidents have occurred at the mid-block crosswalk on Watertown Plank Road between Elm Grove Road and Legion Drive near the Park and Shop, the village's Public Safety Committee voted to remove it and place an additional crosswalk at Legion Drive.
"It's not a serious problem in the sense that we've had accidents, but it's an ongoing issue," Lt. Jason Hennen with the Elm Grove Police Department said at a meeting last week.
Committee members talked about the numerous near misses in the area. Many students walk to RJ Ice Cream from Tonawanda Elementary and St. Mary's schools. Even when a car does stop for kids in the crosswalk, impatient drivers have gone around the stopped vehicle while children are starting to cross the street.
"It's a mess," committee member John Domaszek said of the area. "You get people coming in and out of the parking lot (at the Park and Shop) and (the crosswalk) is not well-defined."
Trustee Christi Torkelson said she spoke with the owner of RJ Ice Cream, who said she would rather have the kids be safe by going to a crosswalk at an intersection and has no problem with the removal of the crosswalk in the middle of the block.
The committee voted to install a crosswalk on the east side of the railroad tracks to the west of Legion Drive.
The crosswalk will be designed by the Public Works Department, but the committee offered some recommendations for the safety of the new crosswalk.
Torkelson suggested installing signs or perhaps a gate warning pedestrians about oncoming trains.
"If we put the crosswalk in, we are encouraging foot traffic at that corner," she said.
Committee member Andy Vrkas said the sidewalk at the Park and Shop parking lot exit should be more clearly defined because some drivers block the sidewalk while trying to enter traffic.
Public Works Director Mike Flaherty said the department would work on the new crosswalks design and logistics in the coming weeks, which will determine when the mid-block crosswalk will officially be removed and the new one installed.
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