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Obscured Street Signs Cause Concern in Cortlandt

CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Street signs that are obscured by tree branches and vines will be cleared following an inquiry by The Cortlandt Daily Voice, town officials said.

"Keeping the signs clear is an important part of their job," Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said about the town highway department. "It is a big town and there are hundreds and hundreds of signs, and they will get on top of it," she said. Puglisi said she was informed for the first time about the problem by The Cortlandt Daily Voice.

Puglisi said the town relies on residents to report obstructed signs or roads.

Some residents living near intersections with obscured street signs expressed concern about the safety of some signs being blocked by overgrown plants.

"This is something that fell through the cracks," said Ray Carano of Lancaster Avenue, near busy state road Route 9A. One stop sign at the end of his street was obscured by branches, vines and a speed limit sign.

Carano, a 45-year Cortlandt resident, said the previous year his neighbor cleared the foliage in front of the sign because he was concerned about safety.

"We do have a lot of foliage in front of stop signs, yield signs," said Carano.

Angela Outhouse, who lives near the three-way intersection of Old Post Road, Old Albany Post Road and Watch Hill Road said, "This is not a safe intersection." She said because many people who drive the winding back roads are local to the area, they are aware of the three-way stop signs, but that nevertheless many ignore the signs.

Outhouse, a 23-year Cortlandt resident, said she hadn't called the town about the stop signs, but said she expected it to clear them soon. The "town's usually pretty good," she said.

Six signs obscured by branches are pictured in our gallery. To bring a street sign obscured by tree branches or vines to the attention of The Cortlandt Daily Voice, comment below or email JGlenza@DailyVoice.com.

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