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Illegal stop sign removed

Local vows to fight reconstruction of Nelson-Perryville Road intersection

Someone illegally posted a stop sign at the already dangerous Nelson-Perryville Road intersection in the town of Fenner. The sign was up for half a day before it was discovered and removed by authorities.

Someone on his own accord made it a three-way stop, said Joseph M. Slivinski, Madison County highway superintendent. We're lucky no one got hurt.

Slivinski disclosed the incident at a meeting of the county's traffic safety board and said police were investigating the matter.

The X-shaped intersection is actually a bend in the Nelson-Perryville Road. Nelson-Perryville forms the west side of the X. It is maintained by Madison County and serves as a major north-south thoroughfare. The two other roads that form the east side of the X are Nelson Road, which heads north toward Canastota, and the southeasterly Peterboro Road. Nelson and Peterboro roads are town roads, and both have stop signs at the intersection in question.

Drivers on Nelson-Perryville Road are not required to stop and often go straight across the X without looking, officials said.

The intersection has been the site of several fatal accidents. Many drivers use the Nelson town road as a shortcut between Cazenovia and Canastota and travel straight across the intersection, leaving the Nelson-Perryville Road. Others headed south on Nelson-Perryville go straight across onto Peterboro creating, the potential for head-on collisions with Nelson-Perryville Road motorists.

The best thing to do will be to make it more of a right-angle intersection, Slivinski said.

He said the county would reconstruct the intersection. The Nelson-Perryville Road would remain a through road, and the Peterboro and Nelson town roads would still have stop signs.

The state DOT does not believe it should become a four-way stop, Slivinski said.

County engineers were instructed to identify the adjacent landowners and do a cost estimate. He emphasized the project was only in the early planning stages, that no funds had yet been appropriated and no timeline established for the project.

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