YORKTOWN, N.Y. When it comes to troublesome intersections and roadways in Yorktown, Highway Superintendent Eric DiBartolo and Police Chief Daniel McMahon are well-aware of the problems and the solutions.
The biggest obstacle, they agreed, is finding the funding to make the necessary improvements and cutting through red tape with higher government agencies, particularly the state Department of Transportation.
For example, DiBartolo cited the intersection of Stony Street and the Bear Mountain Parkway extension as one of the most dangerous intersections in town due to the slope on Stony Street and the speed of traffic on the parkway.
"We've been asking for 100 years for a traffic signal there," DiBartolo said. "Yet, we keep having accidents and picking up the pieces."
However, there appears to be a plan in place to correct that situation. According to the DOT's website, a $5.5 million project is "in development" that would make improvements to that intersection and install a traffic signal and left-turn lanes at nearby Pine Grove Court and Route 202.
Bid opening for that project is expected in the fall, with construction beginning at the end of this year or early next year.
DiBartolo said Pine Grove at Route 202 is difficult for motorists attempting to turn onto 202, but the intersection is not accident-prone.
"It's a problem, but not a lot of accidents," he said.
McMahon said traffic signals are not always the answer to solving problems at intersections. He said many accidents can be avoided if drivers will just slow down.
Another intersection that DiBartolo thinks warrants a traffic signal is Seven Bridges Road and Route 100, and a "fair share of accidents" continues to take place at Kear Street and Underhill Avenue.
"Typical response, put it on the list," DiBartolo said about potential improvements in the near future.
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