By Jack Watson SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Syracuse Common Council has voted unanimously in favor of a project aimed at improving some of the city’s crosswalks and intersections.
Each councilor approved the measure, with the exception of Susan C. Boyle of Common Council District 3, who was absent from Monday’s meeting.
The total project cost, according to public city documents, would be approximately $1,630,000.
The cost would be covered up front by the City of Syracuse and would be reimbursed with federal funds from the Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP.
Syracuse University is a high foot traffic area with several marked crosswalks and signs. Some surrounding areas, however, are not as heavily-marked.
“I’ve gone on accidents during the course of my career, primarily as a Syracuse cop,” said S.U. Department of Public Safety Officer Joe Shanley, “where bicyclists and pedestrians have been hit, and it’s usually because of some oversight on their part by not paying attention to the rules of the road.”
Shanley believes more markings and bright signs around the city would go a long way toward improving pedestrian safety.
“Especially when (a sign is) bright, it’s kind of alarming, your senses are to look at it,” he said.