For over two years, SeeClickFix media partner The Saratogian has published a column entitled SeeClickFix Series, highlighting civic and public space issues identified and reported by residents throughout Saratoga Springs, NY. The latest installment brings attention to a dangerous intersection first reported back in April of 2010. As the article points out:
The intersection is not actually one junction, but two placed close together. Gilbert Road intersects with Lake Avenue at an odd angle, and approximately 100 feet away Lake Avenue intersects with Weibel Avenue at a light. In between those two intersections lie two business entrances ' to a busy Stewart's Shop and an office building.
In response to the original SeeClickFix report, concerned citizens suggested a variety of solutions, from the installation of traffic lights, to the reduction of speed limits, to the construction of a roundabout. One SeeClickFixer recommended adding an on-ramp to I-87 (Adirondack Northway) from Lake Avenue, as a way to reduce the number of cars that pass through the.
As city desk reporter Lucian McCarty confirms:
[DOT spokeswoman Carol] Breen said she would have the intersection added to the list of those being studied. A study, she said, would observe the traffic volume, how left turns are handled and the number of accidents. "They'll see if there is anything that needs to be done". The study should be taken up shortly, according to Breen.
Of particular note, this illustrates how SeeClickFix can be of particular aide in drawing attention to the dangerous intersections of roads of mixed jurisdiction. In the case, a Saratoga Springs city road (Gilbert Road) joins two state roads (Route 29 & Weibel Avenue), thus requiring involvement from the New York State Dept. of Transportation.
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