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  • City of Canandaigua looks to solve intersection problem

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  • CANANDAIGUA — After some recent confusion at the Parrish Street and West Lake Road intersection, Canandaigua city staff will look to remedy the problem by changing the area where cars stop.The commotion began when a yield sign was removed from the eastbound lane of Parrish Street, near the intersection with West Lake Road. Motorists in the west lane have continued to turn south onto West Lake Road anticipating that those in the other lane would yield.“People come up to me, and said, ‘What happened to the yield sign, I almost got killed today,’” Councilmember David Whitcomb said during a recent Ordinance Committee meeting.While other options were discussed, the city decided the best short-term solution would be to move the stop bar — the stop lines on the pavement — on the east lane of Parrish Street back further away from the West Lake Road turn, said City Manager David Forrest. He added another problem has been vehicles not stopping at the light before making a right turn, along with cars pulling to the side of a vehicle stopped at the light, and turning as if there was another lane. Moving the stopping area back will help prevent these problems, he said.Changing the position of the stop line will also require changing the position of sensors under the road. There is a stop light at the intersection, and the sensors detect when a car is stopped at the intersection.The change does not require an additional approval from the New York State Department of Transportation, Forrest said. Currently, the city is looking at prices for the change. There is no timetable for when the public works department will begin the road work.While some councilmembers felt the yield sign worked, City Attorney Michele Smith said it was removed because it was not DOT-compliant. Forrest couldn’t pinpoint the time when the sign was removed, but said it was several months ago.Other options discussed during the meeting included the addition of a turn arrow at the light for drivers on Parrish Street. Forrest added that down the road, the city may look at reconfiguring the intersection; however, that would be more costly than pushing the stop bars back.Aside from the yield sign, other techniques have been used in the intersection throughout the years. Mayor Ellen Polimeni recalled a cement barrier in the road at one point. This was removed due to a problem with cars crashing into the barrier. 

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