SAY NO to Traffic Roundabout at Fredonia Rt 60 and Rt 20 intersection
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The State of New York continues to pursue a roundabout at the intersection of Route 60 and Route 20 in the Village of Fredonia despite both business and resident opposition. The roundabout is scheduled for construction for late spring/early summer 2018 and even a lawsuit from the owners of McDonalds haven't seemed to stop the process. A retrofit roundabout in this location will make travel in and out of the business district very difficult with the amount of cars that travel through this intersection on a daily basis and will produce more incidents of accident. This is not a concept that travelers will just get used to. The accident rate in the past will be pale in comparison without a doubt to future, post construction rates. More cost effective simpler solutions have not even been considered such as reduced speed limits, cameras on the traffic lights and increased enforcement of vehicle and traffic laws for speeding in the area. Instead, long medians and a roundabout will hinder or prevent traffic from entering businesses. A school entrance is less that 1,000' from the proposed roundabout and plans for a hospital on that Route 20 corridor are underway. Increased emergency vehicles will be traveling through the roundabout regularly to reach the hospital and increased accidents are likely to occur as a result. Avoidance of the roundabout will also mean less traffic to our businesses and ultimately lost revenues. Taxpayers will foot a $3.35 million dollar project of which 90% will be funded by federal tax dollars. A much more prudent solution that would be more economically feasible to taxpayers, has not even been considered. A public meeting with local officials, businesses and residents before this project commences would be wise. Letters to the NYS Department of transportation on this project ID #5812.72 have gone unanswered and ignored. Mine included. Please let the state know you are not in favor of ushering in another multi million dollar project to address a problem that could be handled with a minimal amount of taxpayer dollars,and have a more desirable result, than building a roundabout at one of the busiest intersections in Chautauqua County. Please sign the online petition to oppose construction of this roundabout. Thank you.
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