Risky intersection may get traffic circle

A traffic circle may be in the works for one of Otsego County’s busiest intersections.

The intersection of Main Street, James F. Lettis Highway and Maple Street, long the subject of safety concerns from state and local officials, could be the site of the new roundabout.

“That area was found to be dangerous for both pedestrians and motorists,” Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig said. “Given the safety issues, the state Department of Transportation deemed it a priority project.”

The four lanes of Lettis Highway split off into two in every direction: both east and west on Main Street and north onto Maple Street.

The highway’s on- and off-ramps each have their own crosswalk segment, spanning more than 60 feet from the east side of the street to the west. To cross Main Street from either side is at least another 30 feet.

The Daily Star

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