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Village officials eye changes to Andrews Street parking near parking lot



MASSENA - Two parking spaces on Andrews Street between the crosswalk and the entrance to the Massena fire station make pulling out of that lot a hazard during high-traffic hours, fire department officials say.

Carissa and Susan Kirkey pointed out the visibility issue at this week’s village Board of Trustees meeting.Carissa was recently involved in a two-vehicle accident as she was trying to make a left turn out of the lot. Susan said her daughter was “creeping” out to see if any car were in the westbound lane when she was hit.

“Pulling out of there is a complete hazard,” Susan said. “Does there have to be a fatality before anything is done?”

Neither Carissa or the other driver received significant injuries, according to Bill Kirkey, Carissa’s father.

Fire department officials agreed with the Kirkeys, saying they have had issues pulling out of the lot for years because of those spaces.

“It is difficult to pull out even with a fire truck,” Fire Driver in Charge Ken McGowan said. “We’ve been talking about it for years.”

Chief Thomas Miller said the fire department would support any effort to remove those parking spaces, which are located in front of Curves on Andrews Street.

“Having worked there for 20 years, I can say getting out of (that lot) is horrible, especially around three, four o’clock,” Mr. Miller said.

Police Chief Timmy J. Currier has looked at the traffic issue and believes the best course of action is to move the crosswalk to the location of the parking spaces.

“You wouldn’t lose valuable parking in that area but you’d create a safer situation when pulling out,” Mr. Currier said.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad doesn’t think moving the cross-walk is feasible option, due to the handicap ramps at the location of the current cross-walk.

Mr. Fayad believes the most likely course of action is to block the space closest to the parking lot entrance. He said barrels will be used to block that space during the winter and a no parking sign will be installed in the spring.

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