DOT: No plans for more Keene P.O. traffic control

KEENE-During the town's June 16 board meeting, Keene Supervisor BillFerebee said he was unsatisfied with the New York State Department of Transportation's (DOT) decision not to add traffic control measures near the Keene post office on Route 73.

While the DOT won't stop Keene from getting a highway work permit to install a permanent traffic warning device, according to a letter from DOT regional traffic engineer Mark J. Kennedy, this solution would be at the expense of the town.

Ferebee argues the state should pay for device, as the post office is on a state road.

DOT conducted a field investigation of the area in question on May 26, Kennedy wrote.

"We found most Route 73 motorists adjusted their speed when negotiating this area with 84 percent driving at or below the speed limit," Kennedy wrote. "Our sight distance measurements found more than adequate sight available to Route 73 motorists approaching the parking lot at the post office."

DOT returned the following week, Kennedy wrote, to again observe traffic conditions.

"We did find some reasons to be concerned with the manner which post office and the medical center users entered and exited the parking lot, primarily when vehicles backed out of the parking lot into the roadway," he wrote. "During busy times, the sight distance for motorists exiting the parking lot may be limited due to adjacent parked vehicles."

DOT will revisit whether additional traffic control is needed early this summer, Kennedy wrote.

The predicted increase in traffic at the post office over the summer amounts to an accident waiting to happen, Ferebee said. For the money it took to conduct two studies, DOT could have implemented a solution, he said.

In other regular business:

•Carol Treadwell of the Ausable River Association presented a stormwater run-off ordinance for the town to consider implementing that she described as "boilerplate." The two biggest pollutants in the Ausable River are sand and chloride coming off roads and ditches, which ruin fish habitats, she said. The ordinance would require new developments to outfit their sites so there would be zero run-off. Lake Placid, North Elba and Wilmington all have stormwater ordinances.

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