Drunk driver into house @ 706 South East Street September 1
706 South East Street today: "Barricaded in our homes"
One of the obvious problems with South East Street -- a main north/south corridor connection winding scenically through the heartland of Amherst -- is a lack of stop signs. As in only one.
Yes, you can drive the entire six mile length from College Street to Bay Road pretty much unhindered by town installed signage.
20 neighbors met Sunday night, appropriately enough at the Munson Memorial Library on the South East Street common, to discuss the safety concerns of the street they call home and come up with a plan to get town officials' attention on this public safety issue so something actually gets done.
South East Street neighbors, Assistant Town Manager Ziomek (right)
Since the meeting was attended by Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek obviously they have already achieved the first goal but, as usual, the problem is getting something done about it.
Each participant was given dots to prioritize solutions
Suggestions ranged from the common sense -- lower speed limit, install more stop signs, increased police visibility, use of cameras for traffic enforcement -- to the slightly tongue in cheek: level the steep little hill near Mill Lane which causes dangerous blind spots, or make the scenic street a toll road.
Problem areas identified by residents of South East Street
South East Street is one of those historic old roads unchanged other than paving since the invention of the automobile. It's time to come into the 21st century and share the road. Safely.