- What to do about safety concerns regarding Main and Church Streets in Honesdale was the topic for Paul Ludick at Monday night's meeting of the Honesdale Borough Council.
Ludick presented the council with a detailed account of what he feels are steps that could be taken to help drivers better navigate the one way streets.
Ludick did say that the implementation of the one-way streets "has helped parking," but that the safety concerns still remain that "have not been addressed."
One suggestion he made to council was to "reduce the speed limit to 25" upon entering Honesdale from 191 North.
"Speed is a problem," he said. "People are so focused on the road" that they forget to watch their speedometer. A possible solution to this, Ludick said, would be to "install rumble strips" before getting to the Fourth Street bridge.
Also in the area of the bridge, he feels a "double yellow line" would be beneficial to remind drivers to not change lanes in the intersection prior to the bridge. "They drift into the other lane," he said.
Another item presented was regarding pedestrian crossing signs. Although a pedestrian crossing sign is installed at the light located at Park Street and Main Street, he feels that sign "should be installed on every traffic light" in the borough. "Some people don't know the state law that you must stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk. We need to remind them."
Ludick also noted that the crosswalks that are available "are in a bad position" and have a tendency to confuse pedestrians. "I saw a young couple confused as to how to cross the street" at the South side of the intersection of Main and 4th Street.
Ludick also said that during the course of the year, the crosswalks fade and add to pedestrian confusion. "They need to be painted twice a year" to keep them fresh and visible.
For the drivers of the one-way streets, Ludick also thought that offering a driving instruction course on how to use one-way streets, or possibly lessons, would be a benefit to both motorists and pedestrians alike.
He added, in closing, that "one-way is a good thing" and that if the borough addresses the presented safety concerns, that they will continue to be a benefit.
A special committee was formed recently by the borough to revisit the issue of one-way streets. Some people said they would like the traffic flow to go to back two-way streets.