CANASTOTA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — When NYSDOT workers showed up to turn on a traffic signal in the village, they were greeted by community members excited for them to be there.
After the work was done, the DOT workers posed for a picture with people who work around the intersection: Canastota Town Hall staff, employees of nearby lawyers’ offices and Dunn’s Bakery.
The community members even went as far as bringing along a bottle of sparkling cider (they say it was too early for real champagne) for a celebratory toast.
Not every traffic signal is celebrated with the pop of a cork. But the one at the intersection of Peterboro and Center Streets is different.
The traffic light was turned off by the State nearly a year ago. The DOT had determined it wasn’t necessary and planned on taking it down.
Apparently, the DOT’s determinations didn’t consult the community. In the time the light’s been dark, people fought to get it back on.
More than 1,000 people signed a petition, working with State Assemblyman John Salka and Village Mayor Carla DeShaw.
The outcry got the attention of the State DOT, which then reversed its decision.
Not only is the light back on, but the DOT plans to upgrade the technology of the signal in the months to come.
Nearby businesses owners say traffic is already flowing better and people crossing the street feel safer.