Dunkirk: Paving way to safer Lake Shore Drive

On Monday and Tuesday, Dunkirk Police and Fire Departments responded to a pair of afternoon accidents on Lake Shore Drive. One involved a rollover near the railroad tracks near Point Drive North and the other with two vehicles on Brigham Road.

Fortunately, despite the damage, there was only one reported injury. But this brings two items to mind.

First, as the weather becomes nicer, it means motorists need to pay more attention to their surroundings. There are more walkers and bikers when the sun is shining than when the snow is swirling.

Second, give it a brake. Lake Shore Drive will be undergoing construction in the coming weeks as part of an effort to make the road more user-friendly for everyone who is not behind the wheel.

Dunkirk also needs to think about speeds. Currently, Lake Shore Drive is 35 mph. Due to the proximity of the lake and other potential tourist attractions, it is time for city leaders to see what can be done to slow traffic. Maybe even a lower limit.

With road work coming soon, it’s the perfect time to at least consider.


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