Traffic Signal May Be Pulled from Binghamton Intersection
Another traffic signal could be removed from an intersection on Binghamton's West Side.
City officials are contemplating a permanent change at Beethoven and Leroy streets.
Deputy Mayor Jared Kraham said four stop signs were installed at the intersection over a month ago. The traffic signal now flashes red in all directions.
Yellow signs advising that the signal is "under study for removal" also have been posted.
Kraham said the change "seems to be going well" although the city is still seeking comments from residents.
Kraham said permanent elimination of the signal could result in a safer intersection with traffic better controlled with stop signs. He said a final decision about the intersection likely will be made in early spring.
One neighborhood resident told WNBF News he believes the intersection is too busy and dangerous to remove the traffic signal.
The resident noted that ambulances and police vehicles often use the intersection on their way to Lourdes Hospital, which is a few blocks away.
Just over two years ago, a traffic signal at Leroy and Oak streets was removed after a control box was struck by a truck. Four stop signs now control traffic at the intersection.
City officials had said it would have been very costly to install a new signal system at that spot.
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