Kittell Road: 'To be continued'

Town board to look over more options to end ongoing traffic issues

The DeWitt Town Board has been dealing with ongoing traffic issues on Kittell Road -- excessive traffic flow and speeding -- for more than a decade. Just six months ago, the board passed a law to help curtail these problems by allowing large warning signs to be displayed on either side of the road that read, "Do Not Enter" and "No Thru Traffic." The signs essentially transformed Kittell Road into a cul-de-sac restricting cut-through traffic and allowing neighborhood access to Hobson, a short road that connects Kittell Road to Maple Drive. The action was to be looked upon as a six-month experiment to see if traffic matters improved.

Since then, however, the town was hit with opposition. Not only was it served with a lawsuit, but the signs have come down while the case is pending. Brenda Rogers, owner of Salon 100 located on Kittell Road, said she recently lost three stylists to another location because of the ongoing neighborhood dilemma. Her business also suffered a loss through the holidays because her customers feared for their safety. When the signs were up, there was no legal way to enter or exit Rogers' salon.

"Perhaps the past solution was not the best," said Kittell Road resident Tony Anello, who was in favor of posting the signs. "But a safety expert agreed that Kittell Road is dangerous."

The hazards stem from drivers who use the neighborhood streets as a cut-thru to avoid the light at the Maple Drive/East Genesee Street intersection. Drivers don't stop for the stop signs, and often peel through the streets to get back on East Genesee Street to beat the light change, residents say.

"No one stops at the stop signs except for the residents," said Pamela Coloton, also of Kittell Road. She said drivers were cautious the first few days the additional signs were up, but by the end of the month, drivers ignored them completely.

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