Kingston traffic light on Route 32, Golden Hill Drive recommended as part of housing plan – Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, NY – City planners want a full traffic light installed at the intersection of Golden Hill Drive and State Route 32 as part of a proposal to create housing for the workforce and the elderly at the site of the former Ulster County Gaol.

Michael Wieszchowski, a professional traffic operations engineer with GPI, told the city planning board at a meeting on Monday that he had recommended the installation of a traffic light because he was concerned about the safety of traffic. pedestrians and cyclists using a crosswalk at the intersection to access the Empire State. Track. He said the sight distance available to motorists is limited in the area, meaning there may not be enough distance for vehicles to come to a complete, safe stop as they approach the intersection. This limited sight distance also causes motorists taking Route 32 from Golden Hill Drive to slip into the crosswalk, Wieszchowski said.

“We observed vehicles regularly stopping at the crosswalk, blocking pedestrians, trying to see around that corner,” Wieszchowski said. He added that the introduction of married quarters on Golden Hill Drive could increase the number of pedestrians and cyclists using the intersection with Route 32.

The traffic study conducted on behalf of the developers proposed installing “intersection ahead” warning signs, as well as speed return signs, Wieszchowski said. He said, however, that these measures would not prevent motorists from crawling and blocking the crosswalk. Wieszchowski added that the 85th percentile speed along Highway 32 was 42 miles per hour, well above the 30 mile per hour speed limit.

The 85th percentile speed is the speed at or below which 85% of drivers travel on a segment of road.

GPI, also known as Greenman-Pedersen Inc., was hired by the city to review a traffic analysis submitted on behalf of the developers of the “Golden Hill” housing project. Traffic Analytics was created by LaBella Associates, formerly known as Chazen Cos.

The proposed project is being developed by Pennrose, a Pennsylvania-based company, and is to include 164 housing units and a community building located on Golden Hill Drive. Accommodation would be contained in six buildings, one of which would include 80 senior housing units. There would also be four townhouse-style buildings, each containing nine units.

Thomas Johnson, a professional traffic operations engineer with LaBella Associates, said he disagreed with Wieszchowski’s recommendation to install a traffic light due to the 42-mile-per-hour speed. vehicles traveling in both directions on Route 32.

“To me, that’s a very high security concern,” Johnson said. He said that installing a traffic light does nothing to slow speeding. If speeds were reduced by even 2 miles per hour, a traffic light would no longer be warranted by the standards of the Federal Uniform Traffic Control Devices Handbook, Johnson said.

Johnson also said the potential for rear-end crashes would increase if a traffic light was installed due to the limited sight distance.

Planning Board Chairman Wayne Platte said the city engineer agreed with the findings of the GPI report to install the traffic light. He and other council members said they would prefer traffic lights to be installed, along with signs warning motorists they were approaching a signal.

Wieszchowski also recommended installing a barrier preventing traffic from using Glen Street to access Golden Hill Drive, which has been requested by residents of that area.

It was agreed that an automatic door would be installed to allow access to emergency vehicles only.

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