Endicott Residents Unhappy with Proliferation of Pedestrian Signs
An initiative to make Endicott streets safer for pedestrians is being questioned by some people who live in village neighborhoods.
Dozens of fluorescent yellow-green signs have popped up in sections of Endicott over the past few weeks.
Some residents aren't pleased with the number and location of the new signs.
A man who lives on the village's North Side told WNBF News that "every single block" near his home now seemed to have caution signs and designated crosswalks.
The resident said he understands having the highly-visible displays on busy streets but he didn't know why they were being posted in some areas with very little traffic.
The man said he found the signs to be "very unsightly" and a sort of "man-made" blight.
The village of Endicott was awarded $622,000 in state funding as part of what's known as the "Pedestrian Safety Action Plan."
Mayor Linda Jackson said she's heard from some residents who don't like the looks of the new signs "because they're so bright."
Jackson said the sign locations were determined by the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study. She said it's possible some signs could be removed if there was significant reaction from those who live in certain areas.
Although about 50 signs have been erected in recent weeks, some of the pavement markings for crosswalks have yet to be completed.
Crews from O.H. Striping of Corning now are working to paint the new crosswalk markings on Endicott streets.
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