Elbridge town board asks state DOT to lower speed limit on Route 5

The Elbridge Town Board passed a resolution Feb. 24 to ask the New York State Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on Route 5 East.

The town is asking the state to lower the speed limit from 45 MPH to 35 MPH between the village of Elbridge line and Sunview Drive, and from 55 mph to 45 mph between Sunview Drive and Rolling Hills Mobile Home Park farther east. The request was made on behalf of Roger Tumber, a resident of Sunview Drive.

Two years ago, Tumber submitted 200 signatures to the DOT requesting a speed limit reduction following a fatal accident on that stretch of road. After that petition, on Aug. 11, 2010, a three-car crash in the same area of Route 5 took the lives of Ronald Mabb, 68, and Marlene Demay, 76, both of Elbridge.

Roger made his most recent request through the town board following an accident last month where a driver on Route 5 swerved to avoid a car that was pulling out of the Dollar General Store parking lot. The pole, complete with three transformers, collapsed and landed on the car. The driver was not hurt.

Tumber said the area has become more commercial over the years, and a lowered speed limit would be a cost-effective way to improve the conditions for pulling out onto Route 5.

"Two signs. That's all you need," he said, adding that the area is already well patrolled by state police.

"These guys are good," Tumber said. "If they went a little farther, they'd pick up twice as many tickets."

DOT recognizes Route 5 issues

Just days after passing the Feb. 24 resolution, the town received a letter from the state addressing the town's requests for traffic adjustments on the west side of town. The town has been asking the state to look at the intersection for about five years due to the frequency of accidents caused by cars passing along the left shoulders of Route 5, Town Supervisor Ken Bush said.

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