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Canastota: DOT redesigns intersection

After listening to residents concerns, the state Department of Transportation reconfigured its original plans to the Route 13, Roberts Street intersection in the village.

D. Christopher Mosher, the state's project team leader told residents at an informational meeting held July 24 at the municipal building that the team considered traffic and pedestrian safety issues, sidewalks being too close to the road and homeowner hardship when preparing its redesign.

"We were balancing the takes, to be fair," Mosher said, referring to the amount of road frontage taken from each homeowner.

Instead of the original 131 feet of taper, the new design tapers 62 feet. Four feet of frontage will be taken from the west side and three feet from the east side of Peterboro Street. Many of the homes will have very little impact, according to Mosher. 227 and 231 Peterboro Street will lose four feet of frontage and 302 Peterboro Street will lose three feet.

Mosher said the DOT' standard allows five feet of snow storage (amount of footage between sidewalk and curb). They are leaving about seven feet here.

The two trees in front of 227 Peterboro Street that were slated to be cut down will now remain, although three other trees will be taken down on the opposite side of the street.

"We can't guarantee they won't get damaged," Mosher said, referring to the trees left standing.

Also included in the plans are two signal poles and two pedestrian poles.

"How are we alleviating traffic into the school?" asked Bill Yorton, who lives at 227 Peterboro Street.

"I spoke with Carl [Judd, transportation director for Canastota schools]," Mosher said. Buses entering Peterboro Street School will be rerouted to Clark Street by way of Canal or East Chapel streets so that buses will make only right hand turns, Mosher said. This will take place only during afternoon movement.

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