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Elmira looks into traffic patterns

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Elmira looks into traffic patterns
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Traffic signals continue to come down at some intersections on Elmira's north and south sides, making way for stop signs. The intersections slated for the change run along Walnut and Clinton streets, as well as some off of Davis Street.

The reason behind the changes, lower traffic numbers have been reported at the intersections, leading the federal government to cut funding for the lights. So now, the street lights are being removed, leaving either two or four-way stops in their place.

While many agree the change is necessary, some lawmakers worry traffic may be too much for stop signs to handle.

"I still have concerns because we're in residential areas, whether you're a residential area or not if there's heavy traffic I'm more in favor of having traffic signals there to protect the children especially getting off of buses and as we see the schools continuously changing there are areas where the children need to be bused," said Elmira mayor, Sue Skidmore.

The project has an estimated cost of $1.2 million, but that number could change. Lawmakers will continue to discuss options that might be safer than stop signs.

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