Letter to the Editor: Why Can't Temporary Traffic Signals Remain in Yorktown?

Yorktown resident Art Bartosch writes about his concerns over the removal of the route 118/129 signal after the AMVETS rehab project is now over.

  • Editor's Note: The following letter was written by Art Bartosch. To send your letters to the editor, email plamena@patch.com.

The Taconic bridge project included the installation of temporary traffic signals by the DOT at various locations throughout the Yorktown corridor. These traffic signals were installed to control the flow of detour traffic for the project. The immediate benefit realized from this action was the controlled and safe passage of all vehicles through the various intersections on the detour route. 

The project is now complete and these temporary traffic signals will be removed (as of this writing the 129/Underhill signal is gone). I had made an inquiry to the NYSDOT to ask why these signals cannot remain (with the exception of the Underhill Road/Taconic exit traffic signal). I was informed the request must come from the local municipality. 

I am especially concerned regarding the removal of the route 118/129 signal. Previous control of flow was a flashing red/yellow light. An antiquated method of traffic control with today's volume of traffic. With the installation of the temporary traffic signal traversing that intersection has become much safer. To reverse back to a red/yellow flashing light is unacceptable and puts all who travel that intersection in harms way. 

I have sent a request to Mr. Michael Grace, Yorktown Town Supervisor, asking him to contact Joan McDonald, state Department of Transportation commissioner, and stop the removal of these traffic signals.

This should be the immediate action until a safety review of the impact of this action will have on the motorist who traverse these dangerous intersections.

Area Man October 16, 2012 at 09:40 PM
The light at Underhill and TSP was also helpful for those making a left onto Underhill from the SB exit ramp. The site distance there is very short
Bob Rohr October 17, 2012 at 01:12 AM
As one who use the Underhill entrance every morning for 20 years. The signal was a hazard and backed up traffic in all directions and caused chaos. Now that it is gone traffic is smoother and the left turn is no real problem.
Bill October 17, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I don't think that's a fair comparison. I'm sure there were many more people using that entrance when the construction was in place because they were trying to avoid as much of the Taconic as possible I know my daughter and I both drove thru town and got on at Underhill rather than getting on at Route 6 like we normally would. The traffic light wasn't what caused the backups, the extra traffic caused them.
Bob Rohr October 17, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Well be that as it may. Traffic is nicely normal now, so let's keep it as it was and is. People are much better behaved. no need to impede progress.
Francis T McVetty October 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Where is the MODERATOR? How does he/she let this happen?


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