Police Log: Main Street lights set to flash due to ice, rain
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 Main Street for a report of a disorderly man throwing items at a woman. After an investigation, Robert Ottendorf, 40, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with disorderly conduct.
• At 5:55 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to East West Road in Dummerston for the report of a single-vehicle crash. Troopers determined that a vehicle being driven by Joseph T. Peters, 62, of Williamsville, lost traction and spun around before leaving the road and hitting a tree. No injuries were sustained in this crash. The vehicle was towed by Marlboro Collision. Rescue Inc. and the West Dummerston Fire Department assisted.
• At 7:30 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Middle Road in Dummerston for the report of a single-vehicle crash. Troopers determined Stephen C. Sanzone, 45, of Wardsboro, entered a corner on the road and hit a sheet of ice. His vehicle exited the road and hit an embankment. No injuries were sustained in this crash. The Audi S5 was towed by Al's Towing.
• At 7 a.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Interstate 91 in Dummerston for the report of a single-vehicle crash. Troopers determined Marcy S. Caulkins, 42, of Springfield, was traveling south at approximately 65 miles per hour when she hit ice on the roadway and lost control. As a result of the loss of control, Caulkins struck the guard rail on both sides of the roadway before coming to an uncontrolled rest in the travel lane facing west. Putney Fire Department assisted at the scene.
• At 7:20 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded a home on Hartley Hill Road in Westminster for the report of a disturbance. As a result, Jacqueline Putzig, 33, Westminster, was arrested and cited with domestic assault.
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