Saugerties town board wants to lower speed limit on stretch of Rt. 32

“It’s a bad situation — if you’re waiting to pull out of the Thruway and there are cars waiting to enter, it’s hard to see the cars proceeding down the intersection to 212,” said Cedar Grove Fire Chief Randy Ricks. (Photo by Dion Ogust)

When no signage indicates otherwise, the speed limit in New York State is by law 55 mph. Town officials think that’s a little too fast for the initial stretch of Route 32 between the Cedar Grove firehouse and Route 212. The board resolved unanimously to request a speed limit for the stretch from the state.

“Accidents average once a month there,” said Cedar Grove Fire Chief Randy Ricks. “It’s a bad situation — if you’re waiting to pull out of the Thruway and there are cars waiting to enter, it’s hard to see the cars proceeding down the intersection to 212. It’s hard for people to judge the speed there. We had an accident on Sunday afternoon. They put the blinking red light on the Thruway and the blinking orange light on Route 32 — it made it worse. No one actually stops for the blinking red light.”

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Ricks was unable to provide the concrete number of accidents that had occurred there.

The town, which is recommending that the limit be set at 35 mph, is also considering installing a tri-color traffic light and replacing the pre-existing unclear signage at the intersection. Town Supervisor Fred Costello estimates that the turn around period for the request will be eight or nine months.

“I’d like to thank the police department and Randy Ricks,” said Costello. “They’ve been a great liaison between emergency services and the town in an effort to improving that traffic situation. They’ve provided documentation on accidents that have occurred in that stretch — the number of accidents, the supporting documentations. That data has been the real driver to allow us to have the conversation to seek improvement.”

There are 3 comments

  1. Russell G. Converse, Jr

    I approve wholeheartedly………..!~ I have to travel to Kingston 15 times a month for doctors appointments and use the Thruway and it’s almost inevitable I have to avoid someone at this intersection not obeying the rules of the road. I have even had cars stop in front of me for the flashing YELLOW light ! I support a tri-color traffic light at this intersectioon and lowering the speed limit to 35………………….!~

  2. Mrs.Barbier

    Fred and I had this discussion way back. It needs to be 35 up to people’s road. NO PASSING ON RIGHT STRICTLY ENFORCED. I cringe while waiting to turn into Mower Mill. People stop dead because they pass entrances to hotels. Horse trailers also heading to people’s road stop, think they are lost. PLEASE REQUEST 35-40 UP TO PEOPLE’S ROAD. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE ALMOST DIED ON OUR BIKE IN THIS AREA. ( sit in firehouse parking lot and watch the people that pass on right.heading North.)

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