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Kittell Road: Keep out?

When Brenda Rogers, owner of Salon 100 on Kittell Road in DeWitt, first saw the new traffic signs posted outside her business, she was taken aback. The public road now displays large warnings on either side of the road that read, "Do Not Enter" and "No Thru Traffic."

The DeWitt Town Board unanimously passed a local law at its Sept. 22 meeting to allow these signs a place on Kittell Road. The board acted in favor after hearing recurring complaints from Kittell Road residents that traffic flow and excessive speed were routine problems due to drivers using the road as a shortcut to and from East Genesee Street.

For Rogers and her customers, this poses a big problem. Her customers have no legal way of entering her salon. Driving westbound on East Genesee Street, there is no legal turn lane to turn left. If they drive further down to the Maple Drive/East Genesee Street traffic light and make a left, they are now prohibited to turn left onto Hobson Road, which leads to Kittell Road and, ultimately, Salon 100.

Upon exiting, Rogers' customers may be out of luck again depending on their destination. If they want to head west, they must first head east and turn around in another business' parking lot.

"Give me an alternate route to get my clients in here," Rogers said. "There isn't an alternate route. A route is not turning around in another parking lot. You would have to go all the way up Route 5 to Route 257 to Route 92. There's no turnaround point."

When the signs were first raised, officers monitored the area and issued warnings, said DeWitt Police Lt. Mark Petterelli. To his knowledge, no tickets have been written yet.

"Clients were panicking when they saw a police car," Rogers said. They would call me saying, 'How do I get there?' My clients are law-abiding. They're not people who are going to break the law. They're totally lost."

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