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After several years of crashes, Ogden intersection seen as 'tragic'

August 13, 2019 11:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - If you a take a trip down Route 259 towards Whittier Road in the Town of Ogden, to the eye, it may seem fine.

But to some neighbors, like Bill Pardue, the intersection has been a disaster. Pardue has lived right on the corner for the last 20 years. He says the intersection, and his family, have been no stranger to car crashes.

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"We hear a bang, and we know what it is when we hear It." said Pardue

The most recent crash, was a serious two-car crash, which happened just last week. It happened only a few feet from Pardue's front door.

"We've seen children, we've seen grandmas, and it's been tragic," Pardue said.

News10NBC spoke to some other neighbors. The most common complaint: trying to make a turn onto 259 from Whittier. Neighbors say it's hard to see, and side traffic can be too fast.

All of which, has caught the eye of Monroe County Legislator Mike Zale (R-20th District). 

"We're talking about family members, we're talking about community members." Zale said

Recently, he teamed up with Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard and Police Chief Christopher Mears to send out a letter to the state's Department of Transportation.

In it, they made a request for the DOT to examine the safety of the intersection. Zale included a report which looked back at the last 15 years of crashes. According to police records, there have been 46 crashes, with 29 injuries, and two deaths. The most recent crash was included in those numbers.

"We're talking about an intersection that has really affected many members in our community, their lives." Zale said.

He says the DOT has installed some signage in the past, but more needs to be done.

In his report, he mentioned a sudden change in speed from 50 miles an hour to 40, as a problem.

While Pardue says he'd like a blinking light or even a speed bump, another neighbor News10NBC spoke to says he would not mind a four-way stop, even if it inconvenienced travel on 259.

News10NBC reached out to the DOT for comment. We were told the department receives and reviews 'several hundred' traffic studies every year.

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