The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has been 'counting' the cars traveling on Hurley Mountain Road to and from Route 28 in an attempt to evaluate what safety measures could prevent accidents and fatalities.Mark Morano from the regional office of NYSDOT said that this matter was given priority because of the letters sent to politicians by people who wanted action taken after Dick Hlavsa's death at this intersection.(So YES, individual action can have an effect!)
There have been long standing safety issues for residents and businesses near the Route 28/Hurley Mountain road intersection because the road divider on Route 28 means that drivers must travel considerable distances to change direction or else incur risks by making turns at unmarked breaks in the divider. Louise Flood, longtime AAUW member, and Bruce Whistance both brought pressure to bear on the Town of Ulster which requested the NYSDOT to evaluate the matter in a written request that was dated March 10, 2008.
We are now writing to the Region 8 office of NYSDOT to find out if this request by the Town of Ulster covers both current safety hazards mentioned on Route 28 or if it is necessary to ask the Town of Ulster to make a separate request for he T-intersection.We will keep you posted on further developments. If you have any questions or ideas on how to hasten action, please call Doris Goldberg, 845-679-3239.