To shorten Genesee St. stoplight waits, state budget must speed up
... Utica leaders are optimistic the time has finally come to untangle one of Utica drivers' greatest frustrations - the many waits at red lights incurred during a trip up or down Genesee Street."Greatest frustrations?" True, we all get stuck at a light now and then, but frustration? I don't think the people claiming frustration really drive down Genesee Street. Since some of the lights have been removed and replaced with stop signs, traffic flow has been much better. A little coordination would be welcome, but Utica is a city after all, and an occasional light or two should be expected. Frustration is an overstatement.
If you want real frustration, try getting through the lights on Commercial Drive in New Hartford . . . especially at the interchange with 840. They seem to go on forever. Now THAT is frustrating!
Fixing Oneida Square may come in roundabout way
And the recommendation would likely be a traffic circle, or roundabout, built around the 128-year-old Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Zywiak said. A park would be built around the statue.A traffic circle with no signals is pedestrian friendly? Is DOT serious?
“It allows connections that don't exist today, and we eliminate the five signals there,” Zywiak said. “It reduces the future long-term costs, makes it pedestrian-friendly and provides for a continued flow of traffic.”
Imagine, you are driving north on Genesee St and arrive at the brand new Oneida Sq. Circle. You are concentrating on finding an opening in the traffic within the circle to get through it because it is constantly moving. You also have to watch for pedestrians at the same time because there are no signals. It will be difficult to do both. This will be a disaster in the making. Someone will get killed.
This proposal will make Oneida Square pedestrian UNfriendly and detract from redevelopment that is starting near by. Ultimately signals will have to be installed. Google Map Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, or some of the traffic circles in Paris and go to "street view." Pedestrian crossings are controlled by signals.
Frankly, travel through Oneida Square (I go through it every day) is no big deal. This is just an excuse to spend federal money with no real objective being accomplished. . . . unless the objective is to kill off this part of Utica.
Oneida Square "ain't broke." There is no need to "fix" it.