posted on September 13, 2013 15:32
New York State thinks a roundabout will solve the traffic problems that have plagued Bethany’s Suicide Corners.
State officials met with local residents last night to discuss plans for the intersection of Route 20 and East Road.
“This is obviously three fatal accidents here," Rich Schell, roundabout expert with the state Department of Transportation, said. "They’re looking at something that’s really going to cut down very proactively on those fatals and when you look at nationwide statistics, and even statistics here in New York, you see that we’ve done that with roundabouts.”
The project would cost about $2.6 million and would also lower the hill just west of the intersection.
Over 50 local residents attended the meeting. Many were opposed to the roundabout.
The intersection has been the site of 37 accidents since 1998, three of them fatal.