YouTube: New Skerry and Bridge Street Signal

User Jared R gives us a look at the crossing signal that's been in the spotlight this week.

Earlier this week Ward 2 Councilor Mike Sosnowski told the School Committee he's in a battle with MassDOT over a new traffic signal at Skerry and Bridge Street that he says could put pedestrians at risk.

The signal, located in close proximity to the meets standards, according to the state.

Sosnowski said he's concerned the new signal could cause some confusion, especially for the elementary-aged children in the area.

User Jared R, who has been was kind enough to shoot a video of the crossing.

What do you think of it? Is it confusing? Does it have you concerned about the safety of children in the area.

Thanks for your contribution, Jared.

Drew Meger February 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I hear they'll be installing an audio signal at the Bridge/Winter/Northey intersection that shouts "YOU TAKE YOUR LIFE IN YOUR OWN HANDS! WOE! WOOOOEEE!" when you press the button. Seriously, during rush hour it was easier for Indy to get the Holy Grail than it is to get across that crossing.
David Moisan February 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I'm on the Salem Commission on Disabilities and Mike was our long-time liaision. For years, we've been encouraging MassHighway (yes, now MassDOT) to install the brand of audible signals that are now being installed on Bridge St., including at Skerry St. and the Carlton School. Most of you remember the buzzer signals that signal for people with visual disabilities. Many of these are turned down because they bother the neighbors; they are loud. These signals meet ADA requirements, and they are also much nicer for pedestrians to use, not to mention more kind to the neighbors. Their annunciators (speakers, tweeters, etc.) are right at street level where the person is waiting to cross. They are equipped with sound sensors so they are loud when there's a lot of traffic noise, yet very quiet at night. These signals are in place along many of our entrance corridors and are not new; the first of them were installed on Loring Ave. over 10 years ago. More of these have been installed on North St., and Highland Ave. They benefit not only the disabled but anyone blinded by the sun waiting to cross, or who has his or her view of the signal blocked by a truck parked in the crosswalk (yes, It shouldn't happen, but...) Mike has been our liaision for many years. He should know this. I have been advocating for these signals downtown for years.
David Moisan February 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM
One other thing: My friend and colleague Andy LaPointe is sightless and has a service dog. His dog has gone through extensive training to deal with everyday situations. Service dogs like Andy's are trained to assist their masters in crossing the street. They are trained to stop in their tracks if they sense it isn't safe. Andy's dog does not "trigger" on the pedestrian walk signal. Andy's dog lets him proceed when the traffic has stopped and the way is clear. Cars can damned well keep going through a crosswalk. We've all seen it, even when we've done everything right and legal and crossed at the lights and never jaywalked. It's not confusing, it's just fact.
Jo Jacques February 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The problem, as I see it, isn't the speaker is saying, it's the fact that the lights are flashing YELLOW instead of RED -- which is the universal "stop" signal, as far as I remember. Add to that the fact that the text starts even BEFORE the lights flash, and we have a problem. I live directly across from this signal, and watch it in action every day. I watched someone hit the signal, the lights flashed, and NO CARS STOPPED. Why? Because we are conditioned to STOP on RED, not on yellow. There are plenty of flashing yellow lights in Salem, and anyone who has lived here for a while knows that for our pedestrian lights, this means that they may turn solid red at any moment; they also mean to be careful at certain intersections and curves. No one in this city has known yellow to mean stop... and they aren't stopping for these nice new lights, either. I'm concerned not only for the safety of the kids, but anyone in town who uses these lights to cross, as they are very dangerous as they stand now.
Jared Robinson February 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM
If someone can tell me where to buy these lights and how to install it. I'll do it myself. ;) We can change traffic lights if we want, right?


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