Highway investigation finds troublesome spots in Elbridge

The NY State Department of Transportation announced recently the completion of the Highway Safety Investigation in the town of Elbridge. The investigation was launched in response to a letter from town supervisor Ken Bush, dated late October 2007, in which Bush expressed concerns associated with intersections of Route 5 and Hamilton Road and Route 5 and East Brutus Street Road (Old Route 31B).

Bush said the letter was written in response to resident's concerns.

After a while, you hear these things and it causes you to ask the state to review, Bush said.

A review of recent accident data revealed several crash patterns along Route 5, according to the DOT. The southern driveway for Jordan-Elbridge High School on Hamilton Road was identified as a location involving several crashes. Plans to redesign the J-E driveway for safety are already included in the J-E Capital Project proposal.

It's critical because a ton of vehicles go through that area, Bush said.

As a result of the investigation, directional signs were installed at Bennetts Corners in Memphis, and along Rte. 5 near Hamilton Road.

It took a year and a half at DeFrancisco's office, but you just keep chipping away at it, Bush said.

In a response letter to the DOT, Bush said the intersection of Rte. 5 and E. Brutus Street Road would continue to be a safety hazard until it is redesigned.

At some point a Highway Safety Investigation will call for a redesigned, safer intersection, Bush wrote.

An additional traffic study will be conducted to determine if left turn lanes are necessary on Route 5 at Hamilton Road.

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