Chemung County looking to improve pedestrian-crossing safety with state grants

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Chemung County is looking into ways to ensure pedestrian safety at crosswalks and it’s looking towards New York State for help.

The county will apply for a $600,000 grant from the state. It’s for a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan that aims to improve crosswalks at certain intersections throughout the county.

If approved by the state, these intersections could get better signals, lighting and signs.

There could be the possibility of a mid-block crosswalk on Clemens Center Parkway. It would allow pedestrians to reach the Clemens Center from adjacent parking lots.

The county will apply for the grant with the City of Elmira, the Village of Horseheads and the Towns of Big Flats and Southport.

“We all have to reconsider how we drive. We’re all pedestrians everyday,” Andy Avery, the Chemung County Public Works Commissioner, said. “We walk to our car, we walk from our car, we walk downtown so it’s important we keep pedestrians in mind.”

Avery said that between 2011 and 2015, there were 44 pedestrian related deaths in the county.

The county will apply for the grant in March and will know if it got it by the summer.

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