Changes to Hoosick Street pedestrian crossings

Posted at: 05/10/2013 11:54 AM | Updated at: 05/10/2013 2:43 PM
By: Abigail Bleck

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TROY – NewsChannel 13 first reported Wednesday that changes are coming to Hoosick Street, and some say it's about time.

A string of serious accidents prompted city leaders to ask the state to step in and make safety changes.

The east-west highway has been the site of many, many pedestrian and vehicle accidents over the years.

Most recently, a little girl and her mom were hit just before Easter.

A young woman was hit while texting and crossing a couple weeks later.

Now, just more than a month later, city and state leaders joined together to announce significant traffic safety changes to the corridor.

  • When a pedestrian pushes the cross button, a red light will stop cars in all directions.
  • New electronic signs state that turning on red isn't allowed.
  • Pavement markings are also being improved and made with a durable, reflective material.
  • Additional speed limit signs will go up.

The improvements should all be in place by the end of June.

The total cost is $100,000 and it's being paid for by the state Department of Transportation.

DOT is also conducting a more in-depth study that will focus on long term changes, but the hope is these quick fixes will help as well.

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