Traffic Safety corrections needed on RT 9W in Palisades, NY

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WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, concerned citizens who live in Palisades AND/OR travel on RT 9W through Palisades,

HEREBY URGE the New York State Department of Transportation to take action to correct critical traffic safety issues on RT 9W in the corridor of Palisades, NY:

At intersection of RT 9W and Oak Tree Road:

1). Delayed green light for southbound RT 9W traffic & Advanced green with left turn arrow for Northbound RT 9W traffic

2). Narrow south/west shoulder with curbing and add curb south/east corner for pedestrian safety

3). Make the N-bound bus stop lane/shoulder a Right Turn Only lane (no passing zone)

4). Move the "No Turn on Red" sign next to the traffic light

5). Move pedestrian push button from North corners to South corners

6). Remove "extra" telephone pole on SE corner to improve visibility

On RT 9W:

7). Reduce speed limit from 45mph to 35mph from NYS/NJ border to Sparkill.

(Down very steep winding hill, passing Palisades Swim Club, Lamont Nursery School, through the intersection, passing heavily used RT 9W Market and Tallman Trailhead, Kopec Lane development and residential driveways, heavy deer crossing zone, dangerous curves and exits in and out of SKAE Power, Rockland Country Club, Tallman Park. This is a heavy cyclist and pedestrian zone)

8). Install sidewalks on the East side of RT 9W between the Oak Tree Road intersection and the RT 9W Market

The speed of cars, motorists illegally turning right on red, the swarms of cyclists, residents exiting from driveways, pedestrians crossing RT 9W to the bus, market, library, church, community center, and post office make for dangerous conditions for ALL who travel through Palisades in this corridor of RT 9W. Motorists come from all points north, south, and west.

Since 2008, our complaints have been the same. Above are just a few recommendations from people who travel this corridor every day. Since the last NYS DOT visit in 2011, there are new contributing conditions that warrant safety adjustments: a new housing development, a bustling market and increased car, cyclist and truck traffic. In January and February 2017 alone, there were 7 accidents. This does not reflect the NEAR MISSES that occur EVERY DAY, that fortunately have escaped disastrous outcomes.

We also request safety improvements at RT 340, especially at the intersection of RT 340 and Oak Tree Road.

If you signed our paper petition last spring, thank you! No need to sign this petition


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