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Plaistow walks the walk on pedestrian safety for school children
Town officials state that the study is indicative of persistent pedestrian safety issues on Main Street and are hoping a state grant could help the town address some of those issues.
"It's pretty much the universal consensus that traffic on Main Street is heavy, there's a lot of it, and it's moving fast," said Robert Gray, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
"We've conducted a number of initiatives and studies over the past few years," said Fitzgerald. He said a $50,000 grant from Plan New Hampshire gave the town the ability to bring in architects to draw up an initial design for pedestrian safety measures.
"It was focused on pedestrian safety and has the empirical data to help us make intelligent decisions and also to help us support some of our grant applications," said Fitzgerald.
"We've also really picked up our enforcement," said Fitzgerald. "The police are out there vigilantly. Enforcement is a big part of the solution to some of these problems, but we also need some infrastructure improvements."
"That's a really big safety feature in terms of sidewalks," he said. "We want to look at raising the sidewalk profiles along Main Street and reconfiguring the intersection with Elm Street."Planning Board member Tim Moore said he would like to see the town prioritize Main Street traffic-calming projects over the next several months.
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