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Making Crossings Safer at Birchwood Intermediate School in South Huntington

Traffic Improvements at Birchwood School

South Huntington school board member Laura Carey; residents Robert and Dorothy Boyle;South Huntington Superintendent David Bennardo; Councilwoman Susan A. Berland; Supervisor Frank P. Petrone; Councilman Mark Cuthbertson; Birchwood Intermediate Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian and Crossing Guard ‘Miss Cindy.’

Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland announce the completion of a project they had been working on with South Huntington School district officials to make crossings safer for Birchwood Intermediate School students crossing Wolf Hill Road.

At the request of the school district, Birchwood Intermediate administrators, the school’s Parent-Teachers Association and local residents, the Town “pinched” the road at two Wolf Hill Road crossings. That shortened the distance between curbs, improving pedestrian safety by making the crossing shorter and traffic safety by forcing vehicles to slow down. The Town also installed Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons at the Birchwood School crossing. When activated, the beacons alert motorists that someone is about to cross, improving safety by making motorists aware of potential pedestrian conflicts.

Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Berland were joined by their colleague, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, earlier this week in demonstrating the two traffic calming measures for school officials and local residents

“We are happy that the Town was able to identify and implement measures that will address the district and resident’s concerns, making crossing Wolf Hill Road safer for residents and students,” Supervisor Petrone said.

“I want to thank the community for their input and the district for working with us to address this traffic situation,” Councilwoman Berland said. “I am pleased that we were able to implement these successful measures.”



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