Arkwright continues to evaluate safety concerns

OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen Arkwright Highway Superintendent Lisa Waldron spoke at a recent Arkwright Town Board meeting about the intersection of Route 83 and Center Road, which the state is evaluating for safety improvements after a fatal crash in December.

ARKWRIGHT — Any safety improvement is better than none, but the roads of the town of Arkwright still could use a lot of work.

Arkwright Highway Superintendent Lisa Waldron shared at a recent meeting of the Arkwright Town Board that the intersection of Route 83 and Center Road now has “bigger, taller signs” as the state continues to evaluate the area through the spring. The area is in question after a two-vehicle crash on Dec. 3 claimed the life of 71-year-old Linda Kraemer of South Dayton.

“Some intersections at least have a ‘Cross traffic does not stop’ sign. That would be something,” suggested Arkwright Town Supervisor Brian McAvoy.

Waldron and McAvoy both noted that in the case of the fatal accident on Dec. 3, a sign might not have made a difference. However, the town still hopes to make necessary improvements.

“We’re going to do our best on our end to try to avoid another accident,” Waldron said.

During public comment near the end of the meeting, Larry Wilcox raised another area of concern on the town’s roads.

“There is also another dangerous intersection on 83. Every time I turn left from Miller Road onto State Route 83, I always go into the left lane, never into the right,” Wilcox said. “If the Highway Superintendent is talking to the state, hopefully you can run that by them too and see if there is anything that can be done there.”

Town Councilman Larry Ball added, “It’s the same with Ball Road onto Center Road. It’s a blind corner.”

Waldron noted that she has raised concerns about other town roads to the state and will bring up more issues in the future. “But we all know how that goes,” she said.


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