January 4, 2012
Traffic light installed at Route 222 intersection
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Traffic drives under a new traffic light at the intersection of Route 222 and Highland Road and Fairview Drive in Cortlandville. The intersection has been the scene of many accidents over the years.
CORTLANDVILLE — A four-way traffic light has been installed where Route 222 intersects with Fairview Drive and Highland Road, a move town officials hope will prevent accidents.
A sign at the intersection says the light will begin operation today.
Dick Tupper, the Cortlandville town supervisor, said the traffic light was a few years in the making. The town asked for the light in 2007 and received state approval for it in 2009. T
upper said the town hoped to have the light installed in 2010 but the project was delayed at the state level for about a year.
The intersection was previously a two-way stop, with stop signs on the two roads intersecting Route 222.
The Town Board requested the traffic light after a January 2007 fatal accident at the intersection. Tyson Smith, 88, was killed in the two-car accident on Jan. 25, 2007.
State police wrote a letter supporting the need to place a traffic light, Tupper said.
Gene Cilento, a public information officer for the state Department of Transportation, said he was not sure why the light was not installed last year.
Residents living on both sides of the intersection have raised concerns about heavy traffic, Tupper said.
“It’s very busy in the morning and at night,” Tupper said, adding that the road is used for commuting.
Local residents have been asking for the light for years, said Sandy Brown, who lives on Highland Road.
“We think it’s about time,” Brown said. “It’s been needed for many years.”
Brown said residents on Highland Road have called the Town Board and the state DOT, asking when the light would be installed.
“We’ve all been pulling for it,” Brown said.
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