Temporary crosswalk OK’d for ice cream shop

BRISTOL — Members of the Bristol selectboard have agreed to paint what is likely to be a temporary crosswalk on West Street that will serve the popular Village Creeme Stand. 
Some residents had complained that crossing busy West Street to get to the summer kid magnet was unnecessarily dangerous after an old painted crosswalk had faded, but town officials initially balked at repainting since it was not a legal crosswalk.
That new crosswalk will link the south and north sides of West Street, near its intersection with Maple Street. Locals, according to Town Administrator Therese Kirby, will recognize the spot in these terms: It will extend from the border of Cecil Foster’s property on one side of West Street to Ross Brown’s property on the other.
Kirby anticipates the crosswalk will be painted within a week to create safer conditions for customers — many of them children — who are now darting across West Street to get a cold treat.
The town in past years has simply painted a crosswalk in the middle of the West Street from the Irving/Maplefields gas station to the creemee stand. Trouble is, that now-faded crosswalk has not met state standards for a legal crosswalk, which must extend from crosswalk to crosswalk or sidewalk to sidewalk. Currently, no sidewalk connects to the Village Creeme Stand. The nearest crosswalk across West Street is blocks away at the west end of the town park between St. Ambrose Church and Howden Hall. The sidewalk along the south side of West Street dead-ends at Paige and Campbell Insurance Agency short of the Village Creeme Stand.
So unless or until some additional sidewalk is laid in that area — and that’s not in the town budget — the temporary crosswalk will have to do.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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