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The question has been asked if the temporary relocation of the downtown post office at the corner of Second and School Streets should become permanent. In response: not unless the safety of pedestrians trying to access the post office is considered and improved upon.

As a resident of old town I am able to walk to and from the post office which is adventitious due to limited parking in the area. However, since Second Street has been changed into a two-way street, I cross at my own peril. Many drivers do not seem to recognize that pedestrians have the right of way.

By way of example at 6:15 p.m. on Memorial Day, a time when there is not the usual flow of traffic, I waited to cross while four cars traveling east passed without pause followed two cars turning left from School Street even though I had started to cross.

On a previous day, attempting to cross Second Street to the south, a driver of a Prius appeared to stop to let me cross but accelerated in front of me in order to make a u-turn to snag a parking space across the street.

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If the post office remains at this location, at the very least a pedestrian crossing with blinking signal alerts needs to be installed in order to increase the safety of patrons.

Carole Heid

Napa

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