Safety concerns: Box truck blocks Causeway crosswalk

By Dawn De Busk

Staff Writer

NAPLES — Move that truck!

While that might be the catchphrase for a popular home renovation show, the request to move any truck that blocks the view of a crosswalk on the Causeway is a safety concern.

During the summer, when a large delivery truck is parked in the space near the crosswalk by the Songo River Queen II, drivers cannot see people standing in the beginning of the crosswalk.

“It’s definitely a safety issue. If you look at the black marks in the road, that has been happening recently,” according to longtime resident Buzz Morton.

He made his request to have that potential pedestrian hazard removed from the equation during the Naples Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday.

The ultimate solution has yet to happen. But, Selectman Christine Powers made a note on Monday to contact someone from the Maine Department of Transportation to find a suitable and legal remedy.

It is not the first time that the safety of people using the Causeway crosswalks has been a concern voiced by the public.

On Monday, Selectman Rich Cebra said he served on the Causeway Revitalization Committee during the state transportation project phase. In creating the parking spaces on the Causeway, the committee did have to adhere to some MDOT guidelines, he said

“That spot is awful. We gotta change that — I almost hit someone. You cannot see people until they step out,” Cebra said.

“That’s horrible. If we cannot make the gap bigger, change the parking spot, we could put up a sign that says look both ways,” Cebra said.

Later, the board talked about restriping the parking area for a motorcycle so that big trucks can no longer park there.

It was also repeated that Powers would bring to the MDOT the conversation about the town’s desire to alter the parking spot configuration.

“It’s a line-of-sight thing,” Naples Town Manager Ephrem Paraschak said.

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