Old Bennington intersection to remain unchanged

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OLD BENNINGTON — The intersection of Monument Avenue and Bank Street will remain unchanged following some discussion among the village trustees and residents.

Village residents voted at a special meeting Tuesday night against a proposed ordinance that would have made the intersection a three-way stop.

The idea was floated as a possible traffic calming measure, according to Village Trustee Don Miller.

"It could help, but the question was, is there a public safety concern to do it," he said Wednesday.

The special meeting was called through petition of the necessary 5 percent of village residents.

The intersection, which lies just under a quarter of a mile south of the Bennington Battle Monument, currently has one stop sign for traffic coming from Bank Street.

A proposed ordinance called for placing two more stop signs for northbound and southbound traffic on Monument Avenue.

Discussion among village residents focused on whether the public safety benefit was worth putting up stop signs. Miller said no one had been injured at the intersection.

Miller said other ideas, such as placing a median down the center of the road, have also been suggested.

Miller said traffic calming discussions has been a recurring topic in the village for close to 20 years.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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