Village switches yield to stop sign in 48 hours at South Williams and Elizabeth streets

Stop-SignBy Lee Tugas

The Whitehall Village Board last week promptly resolved to replace a yield sign with a stop sign at the intersection of South Williams and Elizabeth Street.

And within two days, they had kept their word, reported the woman who asked for the change.

“In two days the yield sign was taken out and the stop sign was put in,” Betty Trombley said.

Elizabeth Trombley, a resident of that area, had verbally petitioned the board to make the change at its Jan. 21 meeting.

She said cars were not honoring the yield sign and speeding through the area, especially during the summer. Trustee Walt Sandford agreed that speeding was a problem in the summer.

Don Williams, superintendent of public works, reported that the state Department of Transportation had surveyed the village in the 1980s and determined which intersections would have stop signs and which would have yield signs.

The board determined that there was no reason why the village could not change the yield sign to a stop sign on its own at its own expense. The board voted unanimously to make the change. They instructed Williams to pluck out the yield sign and pound in the stop sign.

“And two days after the meeting, it was up,” Trombley reported.

Painting-in a crosswalk at the intersection will take more time. The board agreed that it could not immediately paint a crosswalk at the intersection, since that would involve consultation with the state Department of Transportation.

 

 

 

 

 

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