BRATTLEBORO >> According to Steve Barrett, director of Brattleboro's Department of Public Works, lights along Main Street were placed on flash Monday and Tuesday due to icy roads and rainy weather.
"Having flashing lights helps public works crews get the roads salted," he said, adding that Main Street Hill, which starts at the Latchis Theatre and tops off at Elliot Street, can be difficult for some vehicles to navigate when the weather is bad or the roads are less than optimal.
Barrett said if the lights are on their regular cycle, vehicles can get stuck there waiting for a light to change.
"If the lights are set to flashing," he said," traffic is moving slower but people don't get stuck there."
He also noted that it has been his experience that traffic moves smoothly downtown when the lights are flashing because most drivers are courteous enough to let other drivers enter or exit Main Street.
Putney Road is another matter. While DPW switches the lights to flashing on Main Street, the Brattleboro Police Department controls the lights on Putney Road, usually for the same reasons though.
Any driver attempting to enter Putney Road can tell you it's not always an easy task and that north or south traffic doesn't normally stop to let people out.
Barrett also noted that the town is conducting a traffic study of the downtown lights to see if they need to be adjusted since they were installed five years ago.
"Traffic patterns have changed and the Brattleboro Food Co-op is seeing more traffic as well."
The town sets the lights to flash independent of work being done on the highway. On Sundays and holidays, when the Exit Three onramps are closed to reduce congestion on the highway, the lights on Putney Road and Main Street are also set to flashing.
• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a report of a theft in progress. Following an investigation, Shanna Hall, 38, of Brattleboro, was cited with retail theft.
• A member of the Brattleboro Police Department witnessed a theft occur at a local store. As a result, Marjorie Tatro, 31, Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with retail theft.
• Officers with the Brattleboro Police Department were on patrol on South Main Street when they conducted a traffic stop. Following an investigation, Nikolas Rausch, 21, of Brattleboro, was cited with driving with a suspended license.
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