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A call for safety on the Parkway

This year, Onondaga Lake Parkway experienced one of the worst accidents in its history, with the fatal Megabus crash on Sept. 11. For most of us, we travel along the Parkway numerous times a week, and are very aware of the low bridge at the railroad crossing. However, the mall, the stadium, and the regional transit center play host to many individuals who do not travel along the Parkway on a regular basis and are not familiar with the area. The warning signage seems noticeable and explicit, yet, year after year, there are instances of tractor trailers that hit the low bridge inadvertently causing accidents and sometimes closing the roadway.

I sponsored a resolution requesting the Governor of New York, the New York State Department of Transportation and the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council to take immediate action to protect the traveling public on Onondaga Lake Parkway including the imposition of travel restrictions similar to those for state parkways. Onondaga Lake Parkway is owned and maintained by the State of New York. Until the State takes action on this roadway, horrific accidents will continue. In the past five years there have been ten accidents along that stretch of road and five fatal crashes since 1991.

New York State, along with Onondaga County, has a responsibility to the safety of its citizens. A human life is much too precious to wait for a study that may take months or years. It has been proven, time and time again, Onondaga Lake Parkway is a dangerous roadway in need of improvements. New York State's Department of Transportation needs to make changes to this roadway immediately.

Judy Tassone represents the Fourth District, which includes the town of Salina, the village of Liverpool and the southern portion of the town of Clay. Judy welcomes constituent feedback; she can be reached by email at jtasson3@verizon.net or at home at 457-5458.

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