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City of Elmira to change certain intersections

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: City of Elmira to change certain intersections
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The City of Elmira recently had a study done by the federal government focusing on how busy the roads are. According to that study, three intersections have been determined to be not busy enough. As YNN's Katie Husband tells us, that means there will be some changes that have officials and residents concerned.

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- This looks like a typical day at the Walnut and Clinton Street intersection in the city of Elmira. But, this traffic won't be controlled by this street light in the near future.

"So, the federal government is telling us that we don't have enough traffic at these intersections, we need to do something different because they're not going to give us the funds that support the maintenance and operation of them," said Sue Skidmore, Elmira Mayor.

The street lights at each intersection including, Walnut and Clinton Streets, West Clinton and Davis Streets, and South Main Street and South Avenue will be removed and stop signs will take the place of the lights. Despite what the study showed, Skidmore says Walnut Street is a very busy road.

"It's our main road coming down the hill from West Elmira right into the center of the City. There are no businesses here, it's basically residential," said Skidmore.

And this resident who has lived next to the intersection for 38 years has had his own problems with the traffic.

"Trying to get out of the driveway sometimes is very hard unless you catch the red light somebody has to stop and then you can get out of your driveway," said Don Kiser, Elmira resident.

Another concern for safety is the early morning and afternoon hours when school buses are carrying kids.

"Every morning, Monday through Friday we have school buses that pick up kids over on the other corner. You could have someone fly down Clinton Street and it's going to be a wipeout," said Kiser.

"So, now we have a bus stop that's twenty feet from the corner and the kids are going to get off that bus. Right now they can still cross with the signal and they're smart enough to do that which is great, but when you just have stop signs that puts the kids at risk as well," said Skidmore.

Despite the concerns that Mayor Skidmore and residents have with the new stop signs that will be going up, there are only a couple of ways the street lights can be reinstalled.

"The only way we can put these lights back in is if there is an increase in accidents and traffic," said Skidmore.

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