North Salem Tackles Traffic Backups on Route 22

Credits: Photo courtesy Warren Lucas via Facebook

(NORTH SALEM, N.Y.) -- Some safety concerns have emerged about a heavily traveled intersection at Route 202 in Somers near Route 22 in Croton Falls, and that's prompting North Salem officials to take action.

Supervisor Warren Lucas said residents have been complaining about long backups experienced, particularly during the morning rush. The issue, he said, involves drivers traveling southbound on 202 into Croton Falls who make a right onto 22 near the Croton Falls Baptist Church and then a left at the light on 202 to avoid the backup on southbound 22. Lucas says when that happens, people traveling north on Route 22 can't make a left at the church.

Lucas says while the traffic light involved is technically in Somers, it seriously affects residents and drivers in his town. He has discussed the issue with Police Chief Thomas Howley and Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein and they've reached out to a regional liaison with the state Department of Transportation, Maureen Kuinlan, to remedy the problem.

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The town is suggesting that the traffic light timing be adjusted to increase the amount of time the traffic light allows southbound traffic to travel on 202, so cars will no longer feel the need to come down 22 to bypass the light. They're also calling for the DOT to put a No Right Turn from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. sign on Route 22 at the church/Route 22 intersection so that southbound traffic cannot make a right.

“We've already spoken to the engineers,” said Kamenstein, “They're going to look at it.”

Lucas says he's hopeful the DOT will act on the issue quickly, and says when similar instances have cropped up in the past involving other dangerous intersections and traffic signals, changes were made within a week or two.

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