Troy residents: "Change needed on Hoosick Street before someone gets killed"

Posted at: 03/28/2013 10:28 PM
Updated at: 03/28/2013 11:37 PM
By: Jessica Layton

TROY - They shared story after story of near tragedies. Opening up about fears that the next one might be fatal.

"I would hate for it to come to that," said lifelong Troy resident James Mayben.

Mayben is a grown man. But he's he's afraid to cross Hoosick Street with his seven year old son.

"It's like playing Russian roulette," he said.

In the few minutes we talked outside, we lost track of the number of cars speeding and blowing through red lights on the four lanes that separate Troy neighborhoods.

"This is basically a highway that runs through our city," said Troy Councilman Rodney Wiltshire.

Wiltshire was in contact with the mother of the little girl who nearly died after the two were hit by a car walking East on Hoosick near Stewart's Wednesday morning.

Witnesses say the driver had a green light and hasn't been charged. But Wiltshire agrees, the accident underscores the urgency needed to make change on that busy road. 

In a community center feet away from the crash, the city council's planning committee discussed a plan for a Complete Streets resolution Thursday night. They want to make it safer to walk and bike around the city with more lights, clearly marked cross walks and by giving pedestrians more time to cross the street.

People like James Mayben says the city can start by having police enforce the speed limit, which is 30 miles per hour.

The way it was explained at the meeting - nothing can really happen without the blessing of the Department of Transportation. Mayor Lou Rosamilia is meeting with DOT officials next week to discuss the issue.