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Sweden leaders say state ignoring worries about dangerous intersection

March 25, 2019 08:57 AM

SWEDEN, N.Y. (WHEC) — Drivers and town leaders in Sweden say that the state is ignoring their appeals to make local traffic safer.

Town Supervisor Kevin Johnson says traffic on Route 31 has been getting faster and heavier as more people commute from the area into Rochester, and that's causing severe congestion for people trying to get in and out of area businesses and neighborhoods, as well as numerous accidents - some of them fatal.

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Johnson says redesigning the road into a divided highway would be best but for now; he's urging the State Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit or add traffic lights.

So far he says he's been repeatedly turned down. 

"Traffic control ought to be about reducing accidents, reducing injuries, reducing deaths on a stretch of road and we really want the state to take a better look at the stretch and give us some solution that will save lives and prevent people from losing their property and being injured," Johnson said.

A letter from the DOT said that their determination that there was no need to reduce the speed limit came after a review that included observation of roadway characteristics, analysis of vehicle speed, and a review by state police.

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