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Ogdensburg City Council requests stop light change from DOT for pedestrian safety

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The Ogdensburg City Council has requested the state Department of Transportation install a four-way pedestrian stop light at the intersection of Washington and State streets after receiving complaints about difficulty walking across the street.

City Manager John M. Pinkerton said residents of the neighborhood have complained that they often don’t have enough time to get across.

“We have both elderly and disabled people crossing,” Mr. Pinkerton said.

At the intersection of Ford and State streets, Mr. Pinkerton said, the pedestrian light stops traffic coming from all directions to give people a chance to cross. But at the intersection of Washington and State streets, traffic is only shut down depending on what direction pedestrians are headed.

Mr. Pinkerton said people who have a hard time crossing the street under normal conditions are intimidated by the fact that some lanes still have a green light while they’re walking.

Because the intersection is run by the state Department of Transportation Mr. Pinkerton, at the request of City Council, put in a request for the change with them.

The city wants all traffic stopped while pedestrians are crossing the road.

“It’s not hard to do,” Mr. Pinkerton said of the adjustment, “It’s just getting it through.”

DOT spokesman Michael R. Flick wrote in an email that, “We have received the request from the city manager’s office and are currently working up options for a pedestrian phase at the intersection and expect to be delivering them to the city manager soon.”

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