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Accidents may cause changes to Route 50 intersection

After a truck accident involving a pick-up and a semi tractor-trailer, the Public Safety Commission is considering what to do about a potentially dangerous intersection.

The intersection in question is located where Route 50, Gick Road and Veterans Way come together in Saratoga Springs, New York. Officials believe the latest accident may have been caused by a traffic light that was not functioning correctly. A spokesperson for Public Safety Traffic Control indicated that, given the number of recent accidents, they are trying to figure out what can be done to improve the safety of the intersection for drivers.

Local residents have been concerned about the intersection for some time. One area resident observed that the Route 50 intersection is the only one that has not been revised since the major throughway has been in place. Drivers also complain about not being able to use a right-turn lane to proceed from Gick Road onto Route 50, which they say would help improve safety.

Other residents have suggested that Veterans Way needs to be wider and changed to facilitate right turns onto Route 50.

A blinking red arrow has been considered, but many recognize that this is not commonly used to control traffic. A blinking red light would allow drivers to complete a left turn after first coming to a stop. It is believe this would improve the flow of traffic coming from the adjacent roads onto Route 50.

In order to make any of the suggested improvements, the Public Safety Commission needs to determine who has control of the intersection. According to the director of the Public Safety Commission, if the road is under the jurisdiction of the state, the city can only make suggestions, but cannot make the actual improvements.

Source: Saratogian.com, "Recent accidents prompt city to evaluate intersection of Route 50, Gick Road and Veterans Way," Lucian McCarty, Sept. 12, 2011

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