WILKES-BARRE – Even though complaining residents failed to show at Thursday's Traffic Committee meeting, their concerns will be addressed.
Assistant Police Chief Donald Crane, a member of the committee, said residents asked for stop signs at Kidder and Laurel streets to slow traffic and make the intersection safer. Crane said there are stop signs on Laurel Street, but the residents feel it should be a four-way stop. He said the residents claimed there were several accidents at the intersection, but when he checked police records, only two were reported – and both were caused by motorists running the existing stop signs on Laurel Street.
"Both of those accidents would not have been prevented with additional stop signs on Kidder Street," Crane said.
Crane recommended placing cross-road signs to act as advance warning of the intersection. The committee approved Crane's suggestion.
In other business, David Conahan said vehicles are speeding on Walter's Way, which was formerly a part of Coal Street near Walter's hardware Store.
"A lot of children play in the area," Conahan said. "It's a safety issue. We need to do something before somebody gets hurt or killed."
The committee agreed to place new signs – "Watch Children Playing" and 25 mph speed limit.
Nancy Kogoy, representing City Heights Apartments on North Sherman Street, said that with school resuming next week she is concerned about double parking on her street between Rose Lane and Amber Lane. She said vehicles park there to wait for students getting out of school and traffic can't get through.
Fire Chief Jay Delaney, a member of the committee, said he is concerned about emergency vehicles getting through as well. He and Michael Simonson, assistant director of operations and a member of the committee, will check out the situation.
In other business, the traffic committee:
• Denied a request to make Bradford Street two ways between Arch Street and 24-26 Bradford St. The committee said the street is too narrow to accommodate two lanes of traffic.
• Approved installation of "Watch Children Playing" signs with 20 mph postings on O'Neill Avenue.
• Tabled a request for a stop sign for Railroad Street and George Avenue.
• Approved moving the stop sign on East Main Street in Miner Mills at North Washington Street 50 feet to allow earlier detection.
• Approved returning West Linden Street to one-way at North Franklin Street near the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Traffic was allowed to travel two ways during a construction project that is now completed.
• Tabled a request for a "No Parking Here to Corner" sign at West Beatty and Coon streets.
Bill O'Boyle, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7218.