Traffic Signal Near Riverside Drive Synagogue May Be Removed
Binghamton officials once again are considering removing a traffic signal located at an intersection near a synagogue on the West Side.
The city traffic board, which is chaired by Deputy Mayor Jared Kraham, considered eliminating the signal at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Murray Street in 2018.
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The signal was kept in place after Rabbi Zev Silber of Beth David Synagogue and others opposed the change.
But signs have again been installed at the intersection indicating the signal may be pulled.
In an email, Kraham wrote "there continued to be operational issues with the light that were causing traffic issues." He said the signal "was malfunctioning and going to flashing yellow or its timings" were off.
When the city was contemplating removing the signal nearly three years ago, Rabbi Silber expressed concern for members of the congregation. He said "it's a very difficult street to cross" during times of peak traffic.
A synagogue representative Tuesday said there could be safety issues if the signal is taken out, especially for older people who walk in the area.
Kraham said the signal equipment at the intersection is marked "1969." In his email, he wrote that a signal replacement project could cost more than $250,000. He added: "Traffic counts do not warrant a signal at that intersection."
Kraham added: "We’re also talking with the dental office and synagogue at that intersection on future pedestrian safety improvements if the signal is removed, including signage."
The 90-day intersection traffic study "officially began March 1."
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