Varckette said he would like council input during the design process before the project is closer to becoming a reality. He said engineers involved in the redesign indicate a small island, where the clock is located, needs to be moved for safety reasons. One of the main problems is trucks turning on to Route 534 from Route 20 often end up on the sidewalk creating a public health hazard for pedestrians.
The historic clock has been at the intersection for decades and one possibility is moving the clock just to the west onto an extended sidewalk (bump out) that could be designed at the southwest side of the intersection. He said this is the move the engineers suggest. “This is an important decision which will impact the traffic and pedestrian flow for many years, so careful deliberation needs to happen,” she said.
“I’m anxiously anticipating a meeting with the design engineer to discuss available options. I would like to discuss the idea of removing the island,” said Councilwoman Cynthia Miller. She said the opportunity to move the clock to the Rotary Pavilion at West Main or to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument might be an option.
“It provides us an opportunity to redesign that area for more walkability,” Griffiths said. He said he hopes the public will provide input regarding the proposed changes. Councilman Jeffery Griffiths said the safety of the square is the most important part of the plan. He said he hopes the square will be safe for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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