Lower speeds sought on 9W
TOWN OF ULSTER >> Citing numerous accidents, the town is asking the state Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study of U.S. Route 9W to determine if speed limits should be reduced between the hamlet of Lake Katrine and the Saugerties town line.
The town wants a reduction from 55 mph to 45 mph between the QuickChek gas station and Bread Alone and a reduction from 45 mph to 35 mph between Bread Alone and the Saugerties boundary.
The Ulster Police Department reported to town
officials that there were 12 motor vehicle accidents between QuickChek and the Saugerties line from July 1, 2015, to July 13, 2016.
“Seven [of the accidents] were found to be property damage and five were found to be personal injury,” Detective Sgt. Kyle Berardi wrote in the report.
Town Supervisor James Quigley said the request for lower speed limits is being made in response to complaints from town residents about excessive speed.
“It’s an ongoing problem caused by change in that section of town,” Quigley said, referring to the development of new businesses but a lack of new traffic signals. “... There’s now an increased problem of cars
coming out of business establishments and the side roads that are not controlled by a traffic light.”
The state Department of Transportation’s traffic viewer reports that in 2015, there was an average daily volume of 15,267 vehicles on Route 9W between Grant Avenue and Leggs Mills Road in Lake Katrine and 12,361 vehicles from Leggs Mills Road to Glasco Turnpike in Saugerties.
Quigley said he’ll be contacting officials in Saugerties and urging them to support lower speed limits.
Just last Wednesday, a chain-reaction accident on Route 9W in the Saugerties hamlet of Glasco sent four drivers to a hospital.
Police blamed that crash on an inattentive, speeding driver who stopped short where a tree company crew was working.