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Looking for a new three-way light signal

Trustees seeks changes at Kane and W. Genesee

The intersection at Kane Avenue and West Genesee Street is prone to backups and has more than once blocked in fire trucks responding to emergencies out of the SVFD fire hall also on the corner.

The intersection at Kane Avenue and West Genesee Street is prone to backups and has more than once blocked in fire trucks responding to emergencies out of the SVFD fire hall also on the corner. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— A flashing yellow light is not enough to handle the traffic at the intersection of Kane Avenue and West Genesee Street and a three-color light should be installed in its place, the Skaneateles Village Board wrote to the state Department of Transportation in mid-July.

The DOT has agreed to reexamine the issue, although a review will take some time, Mayor Martin Hubbard told the board at the July 28 meeting.

“This was a good effort, and they are going to look at it,” Hubbard told the board.

The state DOT previously decided to put a new flashing yellow light at the intersection because the signal system is 23 years old and deteriorating.

Both the issue of traffic jams at the intersection and the question of how the restoration and reopening of the Krebs restaurant would affect congestion further previously were discussed at the July 15 village board meeting.

Skaneateles Fire Chief Eric Sell told the board that more than once, fire department trucks have been stuck in their lot for multiple minutes while trying to respond to emergency calls because a traffic jam at the intersection made it impossible for the fire trucks to get out.

The department also has expressed concern that drivers will start cutting through the fire department parking lot — which has openings on both West Genesee Street and Kane Avenue — in order to circumvent the intersection, which would be extremely dangerous.

“At what point do we request a light?” asked Trustee Marc Angelillo.

Hubbard said that several requests had been made in the past, but the DOT always had studied the intersection traffic during spring and fall, not during the peak summer season.

Code Enforcement Officer Jorge Batlle said the request always had been rejected because previously there was no fire station there.

The trustees agreed at that meeting to send a request to the state DOT, written by Village Attorney Michael J. Byrne, asking for another review.

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