DOT nixes Johnsburg’s speed reduction requests

— Members of the Johnsburg Town Board approved their 2014 budget with a few amendments Thursday, Nov. 7, yet it was the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rejection of three speed-reduction requests that drew out emotional responses from local officials.

Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow, speaking by phone the morning after the meeting, said the DOT denied the town’s speed-reduction requests for the following “problematic” roads: Main Street in the downtown business district, Route 28 (aka The Bypass), and the Rogers Road.

The Rogers Road is a dirt road is located between the Barton Mines Road and the Harvey Road in the hamlet of North River. The road currently does not have a speed limit.

“They said they don’t really regulate those (kinds of roads), although they have the authority and we don’t,” Vanselow said. “They think that the people that live there know the roads, and the roads themselves limit the speeds.”

Town officials also want to reduce the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on Route 28 — from the 45 mph speed limit sign near Cunningham’s to the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This area is known locally as The Bypass because it bypasses the Main Street business district.

Vanselow said DOT officials claimed it wasn’t busy enough to warrant a speed reduction. Yet he disagrees with the decision and the apparent methods of research.

“The only study they did was a radar study ... They determined not enough people were speeding at 55,” Vanselow said. “Well, that wasn’t the issue. We weren’t complaining about people speeding there, just that the speed limit itself was set too high for that stretch of road.”

This stretch includes a turnoff to the Gore Mountain Ski Center on the Peaceful Valley Road and the turnoff to the town landfill and Ski Bowl Park.

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