Lower speeds sought on 9W

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

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.

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