GOSHEN — A traffic study in Goshen is ending sooner than expected due to safety concerns.

The city initiated a traffic study on Main Street to see how four-way stops at Clinton Street, Washington Street and Jefferson Street would impact traffic now that the city has taken control of Main Street from the state. The study began on May 1 and was expected to continue until May 31.

The vast majority of the feedback the city has received has been from pedestrians indicating that they are concerned about their safety during the study in particular and have found it more difficult to cross Main Street with the four-way stops.

Vehicles are said to be not stopping for pedestrians and are not looking out for them when moving through Main Street.

The city states that comments received from motorists, on the other hand, have been mostly positive, stating that they find it easier to get around downtown and it seems more motorists are moving to Third Street to get through downtown.

Due to the pedestrian concerns though, the study will be ending earlier than originally proposed.

The study will end at 9 a.m. Tuesday, by returning the traffic signals to their normal function at Clinton, Washington and Jefferson. There will likely be additional studies once Main Street is reduced from four-lane to two-lane and additional pedestrian improvements can be made, city officials said. 

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