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What Happened to the Crosswalk?

The re-striping of Main Street following road repaving last year created a few surprises. One reader asked whether crosswalks had disappeared.

Did downtown Milford have more crosswalks before the repaving of Main Street? 

The repaving project, completed late last year, was followed by re-striping of parking spaces and crosswalks for pedestrians.

Didn't there used to be a crosswalk near the Milford Police Department headquarters, connecting Draper Memorial Park to the sidewalk in front of Milford Federal Savings and Loan?

Now, the sidewalks in the area are limited to the intersection of South Main Street, Main Street and Congress Street, and the intersection of Exchange Street, Central Street and Main Street.

If you use the crosswalk connecting Draper Memorial Park to Milford National Bank, be cautious because cars trying to turn on to South Main Street may not see you, cautioned one reader.

Patch asked Mike Santora, the Milford town engineer, about the crosswalks, and he confirmed that the state DOT eliminated two crosswalks that were mid-block in the downtown area: the sidewalk near the police station, as well as one that connected South Bow Street to Park Street.

The mid-block crosswalks were seen as less safe, because drivers would not necessarily be preparing to stop. "At the lights, you have the push button that will stop traffic," Santora said.

Shannon Pataky February 20, 2013 at 08:35 PM
The cross walks that aren't at lights in the small area between the fire station and police station are dangerous. I'm glad they got rid of some of them.
bob nargi February 21, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I have never had much luck with the push buttons so hope they are more efficient now.. I disagree that if one wants to follow the law that they have to walk to either crosswalk and then wait to cross and do the same on the return.. And as to jay walking ,what could be more dangerous than crossing against two lanes of traffic coming and going.. Are they prepared to stop? Perhaps I am missing something or... not an issue for most..
bob nargi March 04, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Guess no one saw this as an inconvenience and wlll just cross willy-nilly as before..or didn't see this article Still think at least one should be returned....IMO

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