Tuesday: Is Henderson Intersection A Trouble Spot?

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An intersection in the Town of Henderson is dangerous, say people who live near the corner of routes 3 and 178.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) agrees accidents occur at the intersection, but believes the problems are not caused by the roads.

The most recent accident took place Monday morning, when a car pulled out of the parking lot of the Cherry Tree Inn, the restaurant the interesection, and collided with a truck. Four people suffered minor injuries.

"I think some of the people on this nice freshly paved road are moving along a little fast for the holiday, and it's a potential accident," said Howard Budd, who lives near intersection.

Other residents point to a slight rise in Route 3 in one direction and to limited visibility when looking onto Route 178 as contributing factors.

According to the DOT, a study showed that between February 2009 and February 2012 eight accidents occurred in the area at or near the intersection, though not all of them were at the intersection itself.

A 2005 accident resulted in a fatality.

(An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the fatality took place within the 2009-12 study period.)

"Some things we just can't engineer our way out of or construct our way out of," said Michael Flick, the DOT's spokesman for northern New York.

"The 'he said, she saids' or the rolled stop signs or the alcohol related accidents are three examples of things that are pretty hard to fix," he said.

 

Thursday, November 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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