What can you do about dangerous intersections?

Posted at: 07/17/2013 5:44 PM
Updated at: 07/17/2013 6:15 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

People who live near the scene of Tuesday's deadly crash in Wheatland say they've complained about that intersection.

State Route 36 and North Road is only a two-way stop. Neighbors say something needs to be done.

News10NBC found out the New York State Department of Transportation had investigated this intersection before. Route 36 is a state road. Back in 2010, after several accidents, they did a safety investigation. After the investigation, the DOT found they needed to update the signage in the area. Crews added signs that warned drivers about the upcoming intersection and the two-way stop on both North Road and Route 36. They also trimmed back trees to increase the line of sight for drivers. These changes were made in 2010. Until Tuesday, there had been no accidents there since then.

News10NBC's Amanda Ciavarri said, “But does yesterday accident make you think twice and maybe do another evaluation and maybe improve things again?”

Lori Maher, Department of Transportation, said, “Right now, there is nothing ongoing but if we hear from the local law enforcement or other authorities that a second look needs to be taken. Once we know exactly what happened out there, that will help us indicate if there was an engendering solution that could improve the situation. So until we know exactly what happens, it is hard to come up with a solution."

As we mentioned, we hear people concerned about dangerous intersections all the time.
If you know of a dangerous intersection, DOT says you can call (518) 457-6195 or email r4projects@dotny.gov.

If you have a concern about a town road in your area, most town websites have a place for you to file a complaint, or you can contact your town or county department of transportation directly.