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Make temporary light permanent

November 16, 2012
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

The village of Lake Placid should find a way to make the temporary traffic light a permanent one, at the Wesvalley Road at Saranac Avenue junction. It is a great aid to traffic control, speed control and pedestrian safety.

At the same time the work is done, the pedestrian crosswalks in the vicinity should all be relocated to the intersection, so walkers can cross with the light, and vehicles don't encounter crosswalks in unexpected places. If an argument was successfully made for a light at McKinley and Main, to benefit fire engine access to the east end of the village, the same can be made for this light at the west end.

Last spring, we visited family in Arizona, near the village of Payson, a couple hours up into the mountains northeast of Phoenix. Payson is about the same size as Lake Placid when the village and town are in full vacation mode, with lots of visitors and summer residents.

One state highway goes through Payson, and rotaries or traffic circles are used at the commercial plaza outskirts of town where highway speeds need to change to village speeds. We found it a safe and pleasant way to transition into and out of town. Think of what a great aid to traffic control and safety they would be if built here at the ski jump and Outpost Plaza ends of town.

At the east, we would have a far safer way of dealing with the bypass split and junction, while at the west, directional turns would be safer for anyone entering or exiting the plaza, Whiteface Inn road, or Barn Road. Payson's circles are decorated beautifully with signage, trees, shrubs, and flowers, and I am sure the circles would be just as attractive if we built them here.

Gene Davis

Lake Placid

 
 

 

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