CANTON - Vehicles will soon be prohibited from parking or stopping on State Street and a new traffic pattern will be established at Banford Elementary School.
Cars will also be banned from stopping or parking in the grassy shoulder in front of the school building complex, 99 State St., even during afternoon pick up times.
There will be no stopping, period, said Thomas A. Maroun Jr., project engineer with the state Department of Transportation.
The ban is expected to start before the new school year begins Sept. 6.
The increased traffic flow on State Street created by the Main Street reconstruction detour has prompted officials to develop ways to keep motorists and students safe and traffic moving.
The parking ban on State Street should help prevent collisions, Mr. Maroun said.
Weve observed tractor trailers and other vehicles swerving to avoid cars parked on the side of State Street, Mr. Maroun said. If another vehicle is coming the other direction, they could collide head-on.
He said the DOT will install about 50 signs alerting motorists theyre not allowed to stop or park on street.
Once we put the signs up, it will be up to police to enforce the signs, Mr. Maroun said.
Interim Village Police Chief Victor N. Rycroft said a village police officer will be assigned to the school site to monitor the situation, at least during the first few days of school. Mr. Rycroft is also a member of the Canton board of education.,
Well have an officer in the area to make sure things are going smoothly, Mr. Rycroft said.
The detour established this summer by the DOT diverts traffic off Main Street to Route 310, State Street and Riverside Drive.
Traffic in front of the school is typically heavy during morning drop off and afternoon pick up times and the detour is expected to exacerbate the situation. Traffic on State Street stall temporarily when the districts fleet of buses departs in the afternoon. Officials are concerned that adding tractor trailers to the scenario may prove challenging.
Several met Friday morning to brainstorm idea including Mr. Rycroft, Mr. Maroun, School Superintendent William A. Gregory, School Operations Director Scott J. Sanderson and Tawn K. Evans, the schools transportation supervisor. A follow-up meeting is expected to be scheduled before school begins.
To keep traffic flowing at Banford, the parking lot entrance will be widened by 6 to 8 feet and parking spaces adjacent to the building will no longer be available, Mr. Rycroft said.
Mr. Sanderson said parents will not be allowed to park in the drop-off zone and it would be helpful if more children would ride the bus instead of riding in a car.
Drivers wont be allowed to make a left-hand turn from the Banford parking lot. That rule has existed for several years.
Cones and signage with arrows will be installed to clearly identify the entrance and exit to Banfords parking lot,
Were going to try to use as many visual cues as possible, Mr. Sanderson said.