DOT DECISION TO FORGO PLANNED ROUNDABOUT AT INTERSECTION OF RT. 77 AND LEDGE RD.

Decision follows opposition of Alabama Town Board against expensive and intrusive roundabout construction

            Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has reversed their decision to construct a roundabout at the dangerous intersection of State Route 77 and Ledge Road in the Town of Alabama in favor of a blinking yellow light on Rt. 77 and a blinking red light on Ledge Rd.

            The busy intersection is known to be very dangerous, having become common place for traffic accidents, and is routinely used by tractor trailers and farm vehicles as a gateway to the western portions of the state. The Alabama Town Board recently passed a resolution opposing the construction of a roundabout for myriad reasons including cost, the need to build onto nearby private property, and the likelihood accidents would continue. Hawley backed the town board’s opposition to the roundabout and twice requested that the DOT consider different alternatives to the proposed roundabout.

            “Although I am pleased that the state DOT deferred to the concerns of local citizens and the town board in this case, I hope and pray that all residents take the dangers surrounding this intersection seriously and heed all traffic signals and devices,” Hawley said. “The proposed roundabout would have cost nearly $1.8 million in taxpayer money, whereas the new lights will cost less than $100,000 and be infinitely less intrusive to nearby residents’ properties and daily commuters. The citizens of Alabama know what works best for their community and I will happily stand behind their decision.”

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