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I just saw this on Patch.com. There's no reason to change the light location at this point.
There is reason to change the light location at this point. 1. The County has stated there are monetary funds that still exist that will pay for the relocation of the light to the expert's original proposed location at the intersection of Clover St. and Central Ave. Those funds will not be available forever. If the light is to be moved in the future, after those funds are gone, Westfield would incur the cost. 2. The light has created an unsafe condition for the resident that owns the driveway between the two pedestrian light poles. Backing out of a driveway on Central Ave. becomes more precarious given the installation of this light. Not only does the driver have to worry about points of contact with north and south bound Central Ave. traffic, pedestrians walking across a sidewalk that never existed prior to the installation of this light, creates a third and most dangerous point of contact....schoolchildren and other pedestrians. Finally, unsuspecting Central Ave. motorists are a danger to pedestrians and stopped vehicles, such as the woman that was rear-ended at this location and remarked,"that light belongs at the corner." Motorists expect signals at intersections, not midblock. "
Where's the smoking gun that Kasko and Carluccio have been taking about these past few months? I just viewed the traffic report it said:"The HAWK crosswalk meets all three purposes for which it was intended. It provides a safe crossing for pedestrians, particularly school-age children, it minimizes traffic delays, and it does not create cut-through traffic on nearby residential streets. In consideration of all of the above, the WPD concludes that the HAWK crosswalk is effective in achieving its goals