Just right information for motorists in Gardiner: A flashing sign indicating a prevent signal forward has been put in on Direction 44/55 westbound, simply ahead of its intersection with Bruynswick Highway (County Direction 7). A countywide Highway Protection Research learn about in April 2021 designated the intersection, recognized in the community as Benton Corners, as probably the most bad two-lane rural highway junction in all of Ulster County.
The Ulster County Transportation Council had already advisable the set up of a four-way site visitors mild at Benton Corners ahead of a deadly collision between a automotive and a motorbike in June 2021 took the lifetime of a Gardiner firefighter, George Airday. He was once no longer the primary motorcyclist to be killed on the intersection, and non-fatal injuries have took place there with anxious frequency through the years. The outcry over Airday’s dying ended in a Trade.orgpetition and lengthening drive via native officers at the New York State Division of Transportation (NYS DOT) to take speedy steps to attenuate the protection danger (https://hudsonvalleyone.com/2021/07/02/gardinerites-officials-demand-traffic-light-at-bruynswick-44-55-intersection-after-fatal-crash).
On March 7, Deyano Manco, who owns the trade known as Base Camp positioned proper at Benton Corners, introduced at the Gardiner, NY Fb workforce that the “Prevent Forward” alerts had been within the strategy of being put in on 44/55. “The real site visitors mild can be getting into faster than we expect,” Manco predicted. “I will’t discuss to a real date, however that is all truly certain information for our group.” He posted images of the westbound sign, and a couple of days later added video pictures of the strategy to it.
On March 11, Gardiner The town manager Marybeth Majestic showed, “The flashing signal heading west on Direction 44/55 has been put in, however it isn’t but operational. Subsequent, they wish to set up the flasher heading east on Direction 44/55. I’ve no longer been given a date for the site visitors mild set up, however I can succeed in out to the NYS DOT to peer if they have got a date for the sunshine to be put in.”
Many of the collisions at Benton’s Corners have reportedly been brought about via eastbound motorists choosing up pace on their means down from the Shawangunk Ridge and no longer with the ability to see coming near site visitors on Bruynswick Highway in time to decelerate, because of a bend in 44/55 in a while ahead of the intersection.