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New Traffic Light

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New Traffic Light at Intersection of Linda and Kensico To whom it may concern: We are requesting that the Town of Mt. Pleasant install a traffic light at the intersection of Kensico Road and Linda Avenue. Northbound and southbound traffic on Kensico Road makes it extremely difficult for vehicles to exit and make a left turn onto Kensico Road from Sherman Avenue, Warren Avenue, and Linda Avenue. Additionally, vehicles driving at excessive speeds northbound and southbound on Kensico Road are a common occurrence, which impedes drivers to cross over to Kensico Road going southbound from the aforementioned side roads. In addition to adding time unnecessary traveling time to the morning commuter, this can be extremely dangerous for drivers. A traffic light at this juncture will allow all the vehicles to safely make a left turn onto Kensico Road and from Kensico Road to Linda Avenue. In order to maintain uninterrupted and fluid traffic flow, the proposed traffic light may be equipped with sensors that detect moving vehicles that are turning left, allowing the green turn arrow to stay on until all the vehicles have cleared out of the left turn lane. Furthermore, it is commonly reported that right-angle and left-turn collisions usually decrease when a traffic light is installed. To justify installing or upgrading a traffic signal, a location must meet certain criteria, or "warrants." The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is a traffic control guide by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration that provides standards for signs, signals, markings and other traffic control devices. The manual lists eight criteria for a traffic signal installation, at least one of which must be met to justify installation. Even if an intersection meets one or more criteria, an engineering study is needed to determine whether a traffic signal is justified. We believe that the proposed traffic light meets the highlighted criteria (# 3 & 8) listed below: Criteria 1. 8-hour vehicular volume 2. 4-hour vehicular volume 3. Peak hour 4. Pedestrian volume 5. School crossing 6. Coordinated signal system 7. Crash experience 8. Roadway network 9. Intersection near a grade crossing

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