Lawmakers request safety review of State Route 7 in Hoosick

Posted at: 09/28/2013 11:56 PM
Updated at: 09/29/2013 12:07 AM
By: Steve Flamisch

A vehicle heads west on State Route 7 in the Potter Hill section of Hoosick on Saturday.
A vehicle heads west on State Route 7 in the Potter Hill section of Hoosick on Saturday.
Photo: Justin Wambach / WNYT

HOOSICK -- In the wake of another multi-vehicle accident, two Rensselaer County lawmakers on Saturday renewed their call for a safety review of State Route 7 between the Tomhannock Resevoir and the Vermont state line.

Two cars and a van were involved in Friday's crash in the town's Potter Hill section, legislator Lester Goodermote told NewsChannel 13. It was unclear whether anyone was seriously hurt.

"I've lived here about 60 years," Goodermote said. "This road has just evolved into a main thoroughfare between Bennington, Vermont, and Troy and Albany... With it come problems."

Three truck accidents -- a propane tanker crash in July 2011, a gasoline tanker crash in February, and a tractor-trailer crash in July -- prompted calls for change on this curvy, hilly section of the highway.

The county legislature has twice passed resolutions asking the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to address safety concerns. A DOT spokesman told NewsChannel 13 in July that engineers responded each time by installing new signage advising drivers of curves and hills.

The spokesman said this section of State Route 7 had a lower accident than that of similar highways, but Goodermote questioned the statistics.

"I don't know how they do the calculations on that," Goodermote said. "I know the accidents we have are pretty severe out through here."

Goodermote and Vice Chairman of the Legislature Stan Brownell, both Republicans, called on the DOT to review the highway once again. Goodermote suggested the installation of signs with flashing lights to catch the attention of drivers.

NewsChannel 13 was not able to reach DOT public information officers or Goodermote's opponents in the upcoming election.