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After multiple crashes at Colesville intersection, neighbors share concerns

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COLESVILLE (WBNG) -- Neighbors who live along one intersection in Colesville say they're tired of seeing car crashes so close to home. The intersection on Colesville Road has seen two crashes in two weeks. Luckily there have only been minor injuries. Neighbors believe it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.

The intersection is where Colesville Road meets North Road and Sanitaria Springs Road. Leading up to the intersection, there are warning signs and multiple stop signs but that hasn't stopped collisions.

"Periodically it goes through spurts of multiple accidents there and it all revolves around people not paying attention," said Lt. Ben Harting of the Broome County Sheriff's Office. 

Brad Law, 29, says he can't help but be aware. He keeps a flashing traffic light in his pocket at all times.

"I keep this on me so I can direct traffic," Law said. "Every day I have this because of this intersection."

He and his family live right at the corner and have sent 12 News pictures of the last two collisions. They happened on April 2 and April 9. Living so close to the road, it's Law's loved ones he's most concerned about. 

"It does scare me quite a bit," he said. "I have a two-year-old and she plays right here in this yard and we have had a couple cars come through. They have hit the tree. They've hit our cars."

Broome County is in charge of maintaining these roads. A spokesperson for Broome County said in an email to 12 News: 

Last year, there were some talks about Colesville, North, and Sanitaria Spring Roads. Concern had been expressed that there was a very large increase in traffic along these routes as a result of the NYSDOT work at the I-81 / Route 17 split. The intersection in question is right in the middle of this area.

DPW looked at warrants of these roads and traffic counts through this corridor in accordance with federal traffic standards related to white edge lane lines.  Although there are some increases in traffic counts through this area – they do not show a consistent trend which would indicate that this route is being used as a traffic cutoff by vehicles trying to bypass the construction. Additionally they still do not meet warrants for white fog lines.

No one has specifically asked DPW to examine this intersection with respect to safety, but we can certainly do so. Anytime DPW gets a call with a complaint about a road in regards to safety, our DPW Commissioner works quickly to get an engineer to look at it to see what we can do, if anything.

According to Broome County DPW, on North Road there are currently  two large 48 inch stop signs and on Sanataria Springs there is one large 48 inch stop sign.  Sight distance is approximately one quarter mile. A normal stop sign is anywhere between 30 inches to 36 inches.

Until then, the easiest fix is for those behind the wheel to be more aware. 

"Everyone really needs to stop, slow down, realize that when you are driving your car you have to step outside your bubble and be aware of what is going on around you," Harting said. 

Incidents at this intersection and not exclusive to every day drivers. According to Harding, last December, a sheriff's vehicle was involved in a collision after another vehicle made an unsafe turn. 

If you feel a roadway in your area is unsafe and want to see if anything can be done, the first thing to know is if the road is a county or municipal road. From there, you should contact the Department of Public Works and the Highway Department. If you live along a Broome County road and have concerns, click here.

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