MOHAWK — The traffic signal at the intersection of Main and Washington streets in Mohawk may soon be removed.
A sign stating the signal is under study for removal now appears next to the signal and village Superintendent of Public Works Mike Shedd expects it will likely be removed and stop signs installed on North and South Washington streets at the intersection with Main Street.
He said the signal is getting older and periodically malfunctions. It is a timed signal and does not run on a trip and that can leave motorists waiting at the light when there is no other traffic, he added.
Police Chief Joseph Malone approached the state Department of Transportation to request assistance and the DOT agreed to help with the study.
"That would have cost a great deal of money," Shedd said of the study. "The cost to replace the light would be astronomical."
He added that eliminating the signal would also mean a savings for the village.
As of Monday afternoon, Shedd said he had received no feedback on the possible removal of the signal.
The only other traffic light in the village is at the intersection of Main Street and state Route 28.