Binghamton considering putting the brakes on some traffic signals

By Jillian Marshall

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Officials are looking into whether to hit the brakes on some traffic lights in the city of Binghamton.

There are more than 30 traffic light intersections in the city being studied and considered for removal by the Department of Public Works.

On Monday, City Council gave their input about the ongoing study.

Council members are worried about taking down traffic lights on Leroy Street, where they say students and residents are frequently walking.

It was recommended to erect yield-for-pedestrian or two-way stop signs, or install speed humps.

"We hope to have City Council give us at least their recommendation based upon their section of town and their understanding of their neighborhoods in those areas of traffic signals that right now have no warrants, can be considered for possible study and possible removal," said Deputy Commissioner of Public Works Patrick Torrico.

Torrico will give council's suggestions to the Traffic Board, which will make the final decisions.

Residents can offer their input by calling Torrico at (607) 772-7021.

The study is expected to last a little more than one year.