I located another article today about St. John's Church and the upcoming removal of the stairs and found some unique facts about it.
- The steps were built sometime in the 1950s. It was a handshake agreement between the Turnpike Commission and the Church
- Most people that visit the Church do so from the westbound lanes as the shoulder area is wider, also the stairs are not as steep.
- There was at one time a Greyhound stop on the Pike at the Church steps for the Village of New Baltimore.
- Parishioners are forming a petition to keep the stairs. Most village residents have signed the petition.
- The turnpike widening would replace the Findley Street Bridge over the turnpike with a new higher and longer span. The bridge is the only access the church has with the town.
- The pike will be widened to six lanes east of the bridge and five lanes (It's current configuration) with an 18' median west of the bridge.