Is Town Of Ellisburg Road Too Dangerous?
Residents say something is missing on a particular stretch of State Route 193 in the town of Ellisburg: more road signs to warn people of a dangerous curve.
"Something just to slow people down," said Nicholas Hockey, who lives nearby.
"Either put a caution light back at the top of the hill or put on some kind of markers saying the corner is going to be coming up," Hockey said.
According to neighbors, the area has been the scene of several accidents over the years, including one from earlier in the week, where a car lost control going around the curve, striking this building.
But village officials say there aren't plans to add more warnings. In fact, they say some people have asked the village to increase the 30 mile-per-hour speed limit.
"Increasing the speed limit is not an option," said deputy Mayor Michael Gleason.
"To decease it, it's just going to cause more problems because people are complaining that the 30 mile-per-hour in the village is a slow pace," the deputy mayor said.
Hockey disagrees. He says his front yard is often in the line of fire due to the dangerous road.
"Every about five or six years we have to get the shrubs around our front yard replaced because somebody will come around that corner and lose it and drive right through them again," he said.
Area residents say the accidents all have one common theme: speed. They say drivers hit the corner going too fast.
While more warning signs won't be popping up, officials agree that drivers need to slow down.
"Whether it's at night or during the day," Gleason said, "you can see down there and watch people, they just fly through town."
What that means in, Hockey and his family will be ready to do more landscaping around their house.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Watertown, NY
On Wall Street