Posted at: 05/08/2013 5:28 PM
| Updated at: 05/09/2013 10:34 AM
By: Kumi Tucker
TROY - Residents say it's tricky to cross Hoosick Street. Cars turn quickly or speed through and some pedestrians say the lights are not long enough.
Troy city leaders are now taking action to help make pedestrians safer, prompted by an accident in March that sent a mother and child to the hospital.
There will be changes to the patterns of traffic lights to have times when only pedestrians, and no cars, can go. Crosswalks will also be made more visible.
"In addition to some changes we're going to make to the road itself, there will be an enforcement element as well as an education element, and we want everybody to participate," said Jessica Sibley, deputy director of public information for the city. "We want our neighborhood groups to come together, be a part of this, get excited about it."
At the end of March a 19-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter were hit and injured by a car on Hoosick Street near 10th Street. Since then, at least two other women have been hit along the same road.
Hoosick Street is a busy corridor. Some 47,000 vehicles travel the road every day.
"With that, we have residents here that cross the road at different areas and it's of the utmost importance to keep them safe and make sure that when they do cross, wherever that may be, that they can do so safely. That's our main concern," said Sibley.
Friday morning at the intersection where the mother and daughter were hit, Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia and state Department of Transportation officials will have a news conference to talk about the new safety plan.
Officials say they're going to start implementing the changes this week.