City Officials Requesting Traffic Study At Harrison, Foote Intersection

The intersection of Foote Avenue and Harrison Street might be studied to see if traffic flow improvements could be made. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

City of Jamestown officials will request the Chautauqua County officials to do a traffic study at the corner of Harrison Street and Foote Avenue.

A request by Brent Sheldon, Ward 1 councilman, led Jeff Lehman, city public works director, to investigate the intersection. Lehman said there has only be two accidents at the intersection in the last six years, which doesn’t warrant any type of change to the traffic pattern. He said there isn’t enough room on the right-of-way to expand the intersection.

Sheldon said it is one of the busiest intersections in the city. He said it is worth investigating to see if changes such as adding a green turning arrow or pole traffic lights could be installed to alleviate traffic congestion.

Lehman said he will contact county officials to ask them to do a traffic study at the intersection.

Lehmane said because Harrison Street and Foote Avenue are county highways, they could help finance any possible changes to the intersection.

He said if county officials do the traffic study, it won’t happen until next spring because vehicle counting strips need to be placed on the highway during a traffic study. He added they don’t place vehicle county strips on the highway during the winter because snow plows would remove them from the road.

In other council business, an emergency crew truck purchase is needed for the Public Works Department, Lehman said. He said city officials received a price of around $43,000 for the half-ton truck. He added they will need to use contingency funding to purchase the new vehicle. Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, said following the purchase of the truck, if council approves it Monday during their voting session meeting, there will only be around $43,000 left in the $250,000 contingency account.

Other unexpected finances city officials have paid this year includes $87,000 for the Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park grandstand and roofing project for lead remediation and painting the grandstand; $31,747 for a new Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for the Public Works Department after three trucks in the department stopped working; $30,135 for the purchase of a Toro Mower for Diethrick Park; and $14,243 to pay the county for disposing of dredging materials.

Lehman said DFT Communications would like to install four light poles along Marvin Parkway between Main Street and Lakeview Avenue. He said DFT would pay the installation cost and they can work with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to install the lights. He added DFT officials are looking to install fiber optic cables in this area of the city that is why they made the request.