Date: February 4, 2010
Posted In: DLP Law

While the change in the traffic pattern in downtown Honesdale has apparently facilitated the flow of traffic, it has created several very dangerous conditions.

The first dangerous condition is presented when drivers coming off the side streets between Church and Main Street attempt to make a left-hand turn onto Main Street. On many occasions, their sight distance is greatly compromised by either a truck or SUV parked in the last legal parking spot directly to their right. This forces the driver wishing to make a turn to partially expose the front end of their vehicle onto the driven portion of Main Street in order to see around the parked vehicle. This condition will only get worse as the summer traffic gets heavier.

A suggested remedy would be to only allow compact vehicles to park in the last parking spot at the end of each block or, in the alternative, eliminate one more parking spot at each intersection.

A second dangerous condition is that caused by the one-way traffic for pedestrians wishing to cross the street. Many times a pedestrian that starts to cross the street will not come into the view of the driver in the farthest lane from the side of the road where the pedestrian started until that pedestrian is well into the street. Unless the driver in the far lane notices the vehicle next to him slowing down or stopping, he may have no indication that there is a person about to enter his lane. As bad as this situation exists on Main Street, which is well lit, it is even worse on Church Street because of the lack of lighting.

Other than a traffic signal at every intersection, this is going to be a difficult problem to resolve.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.