After being greenlighted 3 years ago, North Adams crosswalk still unpainted

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NORTH ADAMS — How long does it take to paint a crosswalk?

At Bradley and Church streets, the answer is at least three years.

Residents in the neighborhood are continuing to push for answers as to why their request for a crosswalk — it was approved by the Traffic Commission and City Council — was never carried out.

The matter was brought Tuesday before the City Council, which asked Mayor Thomas Bernard's administration to clarify exactly why the sidewalk never had been painted.

Bernard researched the matter and said it appeared that concerns were raised about the proposal after it was approved.

"There was a question raised by the [previous] administration and by public services about sightlines where that crosswalk was proposed," Bernard said. "That was the concern at the time, that it was not within allowable sightlines traveling from south to north."

Councilor Keith Bona said the crosswalk either needs to be painted, or the administration needs to produce an official explanation for why it can't be.

"It was approved; it's supposed to be happening," Bona said. "It just hasn't happened."

Bernard said the matter will be addressed in a communication to the City Council and Traffic Commission before the City Council's next meeting.

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In response to resident concerns, the city's traffic commission agreed at its September 2015 meeting to install a crosswalk across Church Street at its intersection with Bradley Street.

Students who live on the east side of Church and Bradley are forced to cross Church Street to catch the bus.

The intersection also is commonly used by pedestrians making their way from a parking spot on Church or nearby Davenport Street and heading up to Windsor Lake, which sits atop Bradley Street at the intersection with Kemp Avenue.

The effort has been spearheaded by the Wilson family, who live adjacent to the intersection.

Ian Wilson expressed concern that if the project is delayed further into the season, the crosswalk would not be able to be painted until next spring.

"We now have to go through another school year of a half-dozen children trying to cross from Bradley over to Church," Wilson said.

Nobody ever told the Traffic Commission that the crosswalk wasn't going to be painted, according to Mary Ann King, its chairwoman.

She also noted that there had been a crosswalk at that location, but it has since been removed.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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