Work underway to make Arsenal Street safer

Work underway to make Arsenal Street safer
The city is changing the traffic pattern between the 1000 and 200 blocks of Arsenal Street to make it safer for people to use the crosswalk. (Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Work has started to create a left turn lane on Arsenal Street in downtown Watertown.

The city is changing the traffic pattern between the 1000 and 200 blocks of Arsenal Street to make it safer for people to use the crosswalk. That stretch of Arsenal Street is notorious for accidents involving pedestrians.

People who use Arsenal Street say it’s about time.

“I take alternative routes to avoid crossing this street in particular because it’s frightening and it’s difficult,” said Sadie Tomko of Watertown.

She’s not alone.

“Sometimes it’s pretty dangerous because they (motorists) are not paying attention; they are flying down here, they are talking on the cell phone. I mean, I almost got run over a few times,” said Tracy Hofferberth, who said she crosses the street often.

To make things safer, portions of the eastbound lanes between the 100 and 200 blocks will be reduced from two to one lane. A dedicated left-turn lane will be established at the Sherman Street intersection. Cones and lines were out Thursday marking where the lane will be. New pavement markings and signs will also be added. City officials say the dedicated left turn lane should help traffic flow.

Cones and lines were out Thursday marking where the lane will be. The work should be done Friday.

“I think it’s about time,” said Audrey Foehner, who drives Arsenal Street. “It’s so congested here with all these office buildings.”

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