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Harrison Village Board Approves Five New Stop Signs

HARRISON, N.Y. – Some Harrison residents offered different alternatives to installing five new stop signs in town but the village board decided to stick with the original plan and unanimously voted to install them.

Upon a request by Police Chief Anthony Marraccini, two stop signs will be installed on Underhill Avenue at the Main Street intersection while another two stop signs will be placed on Woodlands Road at Genesee Trail. The fifth stop sign will be placed at Stone Wall Circle where the street intersects itself.

Residents had no complaints about the stop signs on Woodlands Road and Stone Wall Circle but had plenty to say about the stop signs on the main thoroughfare of West Harrison, Underhill Avenue. West Harrison resident Sam Fanelli said that stop signs would backup traffic in the early morning hours. Fanelli suggested that the town install a blinking yellow light instead but Chief Marraccini said that that project would cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

“It’s going to be a zoo,” Fanelli said. “We need to think about the backup during rush hour. We should find the money for a traffic light.”

West Harrison resident Duncan MacArthur said there is not enough statistical evidence provided that would warrant adding more stop signs.

“I’ve never heard that something is unsafe except when I read about it,” MacArthur said. “Underhill Avenue should remain a through street. We need to look for more evidence before we put in stop signs.”

But Marraccini said the police department cannot calculate near misses since most of those incidents go unreported. Marraccini said that the reason for the stop signs on Underhill Avenue is that it has become a heavily traveled roadway. With cars coming into West Harrison constantly from White Plains and the hilly nature of the area, Marraccini said that the stop signs would make the area safer for school children and crossing guards.

“The site distance at that location is somewhat ok but you have to creep out into the intersection to get a good view,” Marraccini said. “We are not regulating speed. We are stopping traffic on a very busy roadway with cars parked on it.”

Marraccini said there will be a brief grace period where people will be issued warnings rather than tickets, though, he did not specify how long that period would be.

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