Two-vehicle accident with minor injuries reported in Byron
A two-vehicle accident is reported in the area of 5312 Cole Road, Byron.
One person reportedly has minor injuries.
Both vehicles are off the road.
Byron and South Byron dispatched.
Byron needs to put a stop ahead sign on Tower Hill so maybe people will stop blowing the stop sign.
Town of Byron Highway Superintendent Brian Forsyth sent an email in response ...
"A reader commented on the article about the accident in Byron this morning on Cole rd. They said maybe Byron should install a stop ahead sign to stop this from happening. This wouldn't fall under town of Byron....common misconception. The stop sign is for 237 which is a state road (obviously) which makes the stop sign a state sign, hence the stop ahead sign pertaining to the stop sign is also the responsibility of the state.
If a town road intersected a town road both would become "my" (Byron) responsibility or if Byron intersected a county road then it becomes a county stop and stop ahead...the signs
belong to the road for which they are intended not the road they are on."
I thank him for responding to my comment and I would hope that he will also contact the parties that be at "the state" to request a stop ahead sign be placed then on Tower Hill. There have been several accidents now similar in nature to this mornings that could have possibly been prevented with a stop ahead sign. There have been numerous people that have gotten extremely lucky that no cars were coming while blowing the stop sign. On many occasions we have seen people go right thru it at speed or heard squealing tires as they slammed on the brakes and then stopped in the middle of the intersection.
I have the answer. What they need is a roundabout!
There has now been a second accident in this same spot.....same situation as before.
The detour that's temporarily routing people through this unfamiliar intersection has got to be a factor with these recent crashes. I understand Brian's explanation but by the time the State gets around to doing anything it might be too late for a person on their way to the morgue instead of the hospital.
Since the intersection does include a Town road would it be "illegal" for the Town to put up a warning sign on Tower Hill Rd to warn drivers about a dangerous intersection ahead? Or maybe temporarily parking a piece of unused Town equipment off the eastbound shoulder of Tower Hill with a warning sign on it until the construction causing the detour is completed?