It is nothing on the scale of a civil war, but Chautauqua County has maintained a tradition of the north-south divide.
Dating back to the beginning of this newspaper more than 132 years ago, there was a distinct difference between the two sides of the county. Of course, there has been progress.
But one of the biggest obstacles to breaking the barrier remains what County Executive Vince Horrigan, right, calls the "highway of death": Route 60. One of Horrigan's biggest pushes to drive development in the county is to make that road safer.
He has said it at Jamestown Community College in Dunkirk during a Local Economic Development group discussion. He has mentioned it in his address to the League of Women Voters. Horrigan also noted it at the county Chamber of Commerce breakfast earlier this month.
"We've got to move people from the south to the north and the north to the south in an efficient, fun way. I believe Route 60 is very important for that," he said.
As many motorists know, improvements by the state will be made to the treacherous section from Route 20 in Pomfret to the village of Cassadaga line on the Jamestown to Dunkirk connector.
That's a start, but that is not all Horrigan wants.
He, as well as a number of businesses, organizations and residents, would like to see additional passing lanes in different locations, offering motorists a safer way of commuting in the county.
That help, however, must come from New York state.
Horrigan's emphasis on making the "highway of death" safer is something we can all agree on. It is a vital link for our region to Jamestown as well as Interstate 86.