Residents concerned over busy stretch of Dewey Avenue

Posted at: 07/07/2014 10:41 PM
Updated at: 07/07/2014 11:10 PM
By: Jennifer Mobilia

Residents are voicing their concerns over a busy stretch of Dewey Avenue that they say is just not safe. Those residents got another scary reminder of that just Sunday night when one man was seriously hurt in a crash involving two motorcycles.

The crash happened on the stretch of Dewey Avenue between Bennington Drive and Bartholf Road where the city of Rochester borders the town of Greece. 

The speed limit is posted at 30 miles per hour, but residents say the average speed is more like 50. Residents living along Dewey Avenue near the Greece line say they are fed up with people speeding.  

Bob Schudel said, “A lot of it is speeding and it is just getting worse and worse.”

Residents say, in addition to Sunday night's motorcycle accident, there have been countless other accidents here. They blame speed.  

Bob Schudel said, “We've had accidents where a motorcycle clipped off a telephone phone, I've had a car blow up in my driveway. Across the street, there has been a car that came through and flipped over upside down.”

Mary and Bob Schudel have lived on Dewey Avenue for the past 35 years. Mary says she can recall at least a dozen fatal accidents along this quarter mile stretch.

Mary Schudel said, “At least 12, at least 12, yeah, it's been a really dangerous corner.”

The last fatality was just a few months ago. In April, 17-year-old Brittany Burgio was hit by a car while crossing the street. It is unknown if speed was a factor, but one neighbor says after the teen was hit, the cars still didn’t slow down.

Christine Koneski said, “I walked in the road to stand on the other side of her body so that people could see that somebody or something was going on and I just couldn't believe that cars were just driving past her and not slowing down.” 

Residents say they want the city to start enforcing the 30 mile per hour speed limit and address the problem before another person is killed.    

Paul Colon said, “Something that says slow down more because they're not paying attention to the signs.”

News10NBC spoke with two Rochester City Council members. They say they have not received any complaints from residents about this stretch of road, but they say they are certainly going to look into this issue.