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Chamber pushes DOT to make Route 28 corridor safer

NORTH CREEK The Gore Mountain Area/Town of Johnsburg Chamber of Commerce has jumped into the fray concerning traffic concerns along Route 28 in North Creek and is lobbying state department of transportation officials to make the corridor safer.

The action comes after a series of accidents in the corridor including a recent fatal accident at the intersection of Routes 28 and 28N, and after attempts by town officials to get the state to reduce the speed limit through the corridor failed.

Clearly the fatality earlier this summer was the impetus for this action, chamber president Ed Milner told the Johnsburg Town Board on Tuesday.

The chamber would like the state to take another look at the corridor and take some mitigating action to reduce the obvious danger.

Were not telling the state what action it should take, said Milner. Were just telling them that were concerned and they need to do something.

The problem, Milner said, is that the intersections in that corridor provide the main access to the hamlet of North Creek. At the Route 28 and 28A intersection, motorists have to pull out into the intersection to see if there is on-coming traffic coming from the east on Route 28, Milner said.

If youre behind the line, you cant see, he said.

The 55 mph speed limit creates a dangerous situation. Traffic is growing in the corridor and proposed development in the town is only going to make the situation worse. Those factors coupled with confusing signage along the road make for a dangerous situation.

There are nine reflective signs adjacent to the Route 28 and 28A intersection, Milner said, seven before you get to the intersection and two after it.

Its confusing, he said. You cant even tell where youre supposed to turn.

Across from that intersection will be the main entrance to the proposed Front Street development, a factor that promises to create more traffic and more potential danger, Milner said.

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