Ogdensburg to hold public hearing on possible change in State Street traffic flow April 14
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:02 am

By JIMMY LAWTON

OGDENSBURG -- Ogdensburg city council will hold a public hearing 14 at 7 p.m. regarding the installation of new traffic devices at two State Street intersections.

The devices would be installed at the intersection Washington and State and the corner of Ford and State. The hearing will allow residents an opportunity to comment on a proposed New York Department of Transportation project that would include installation of four-way stop and no right turn on red traffic devices at both intersections.

City manager John Pinkerton said both roads are hazardous to pedestrians. He said his concern was for the residents of the towers, who are mostly senior citizens. He said the area has heavy pedestrian traffic and was worried about accidents.

While councilors seemed to agree that the area presented potential problems with pedestrians, councilor Dan Skamperle questioned if the signage was necessary or if it could the problem could be solved with traffic tickets.

Ogdensburg Police Chief Rick Polniak said drivers can be ticketed only if pedestrians are in the cross walk. He said people crossing the streets in that area can be stuck for multiple light changes if drivers continue make right turns on red lights.

Councilors are hoping to get from the residents regarding the potential change.