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Intersection In Dickson Continues To Be Extremely Dangerous

Like many cities, New York has its share of dangerous intersections. Even though Mayor Bill de Blasio has initiated “Vision Zero” in an attempt to reduce traffic fatalities throughout the city, dangerous intersections still exist. The intersection at 6th Avenue and West 23rd Street was ranked as one of the most dangerous intersections. This is because 23rd street is wider than streets that are parallel to it. Another dangerous intersection was Jay Street and Tillary Street in Brooklyn, tying with Atlantic Avenue and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. The dangers in these intersections are mostly tied to the cycling lanes, which are poorly marked. 

NNY 360 reports that a weekend crash at a dangerous intersection leaves a car in a Dickinson Town Supervisor’s yard. 

Sherry Smith, a Dickinson Town Supervisor, learned that a car that careened into her front yard was the result of a crash that occurred at a dangerous intersection near her home. 

The two-car crash happened at the intersection of County Route 5 and State Route 11B. The intersection is commonly referred to as Harwood Corners. It has been the site of several fatal accidents over the past few years. 

Work was done in 2013 to make the intersections safer has not been successful; accidents have worsened significantly in the past few years. Regional lawmakers have banded together to present the issue to the state to address the danger. 

During the summer of 2013, the Department of Transportation hired contractors to remove a flashing yellow traffic light. The hill before the caution light was also lowered to increase visibility. The work cost more than $3 million in taxpayer money. 

Local officials said that removing the yellow caution light has caused drivers to go faster through the intersection. 

This year, there have been at least seven non-fatal crashes at the intersection. 

Last month, the Franklin County Legislature unanimously passed legislation to return the traffic light to the intersection. It will be presented to the Department of Transportation for review. 

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