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Water Street section to undergo double striping to address concerns

OBSERVER photo by Jimmy McCarthy A section of Water Street near the town of Pomfret and village of Fredonia line will be double striped. George Spanos, county public facilities director, told the OBSERVER crews will double stripe the section of road once they catch up on other striping work.

A section of Water Street near the town of Pomfret and village of Fredonia line is going to a no-passing zone to address local concern over safety.

The issue came up last month when Water Street resident Maureen Blackburn told village board members that vehicles traveling from the south are going well over the 30 mph speed limit. She said it’s come to a point where she’s witnessed “speed racing.”

Water Street, or County Road 73, runs from the village of Fredonia heading toward the town of Stockton. The road is used by motorists traveling southward to Mayville or Jamestown or northward to Fredonia-Dunkirk.

While the speed limit near the town-village line may be 30 mph, a 55 mph limit isn’t far away. Blackburn said speeds can be 60 mph or more as motorists near the village entrance from the south.

“It’s an extreme safety issue when pulling out and turning into traffic (from my house)… even walking to the mailbox alongside the road,” Blackburn said.

The village and Mayor Athanasia Landis reached out to the Chautauqua County Public Facilities Department to see if double striping the road, in the area where National Grid and Bella Estates are located, was possible. During a meeting earlier this month, Landis told the board the county will double stripe the road. George Spanos, county public facilities director, confirmed to the OBSERVER that double striping will take place.

Spanos said they were expected to receive equipment for summer striping work in June. However, they didn’t receive it until July.

“We’re catching up on our projects,” said Spanos, adding he’s hoping for good weather to complete all work. “I told the mayor next time the equipment is in the north county, we’ll double stripe.”

As for speed enforcement, Police Chief Brad Meyers acknowledged last month they keep a close eye on Water Street. While he didn’t know exactly how many stops were initiated or tickets written, he said the department puts “hours and hours of time up there.”