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Johnsburg to state: Reduce speed on Route 28

The state speed limit here on Route 28 in North Creek, looking north toward North River, changes from 45 mph to 55 mph shortly after Cunningham's. The town of Johnsburg is asking the state to reduce the speed to 45 mph, essentially extending the 45 mph speed limit past the nursing home.

The state speed limit here on Route 28 in North Creek, looking north toward North River, changes from 45 mph to 55 mph shortly after Cunningham's. The town of Johnsburg is asking the state to reduce the speed to 45 mph, essentially extending the 45 mph speed limit past the nursing home. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Town Secretary Cherie Ferguson said that the state doesn’t allow much input from towns requesting changes of speed limit on state roads such as Route 28. It’s just a form with no place for additional information, Ferguson explained.

“It’s counter-intuitive that they don’t ask you the basis for your request,” observed Arsenault.

Vanselow agreed that perhaps the best approach would be to get DOT officials to North Creek for a meeting.

“If we could get a face-to-face maybe that would help,” he said.

Whether a meeting with the DOT materializes or not, Councilman Arnold Stevens said he thinks the town should act on the resident’s request.

“We have a request and I think we should act on it and submit a request to the state,” Stevens said.

The board agreed with Stevens and voted to submit a request to NYSDOT for a speed limit reduction on Route 28 in North River. Supervisor Vanselow said he’d pursue a meeting with DOT officials.

The Johnsburg Town Board will reconvene in regular session at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 18 at the Garnet Lake Fire House, 1811 Garnet Lake Road, Johnsburg.

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