Ball, Galef Support Cortlandt Petition for Barrier on Bear Mountain Parkway

The two state representatives have sent letters to the state.

The Town of Cortlandt has or years for the state to install a barrier on the Bear Mountain Parkway for safety reasons.

In June, Town officials on the parkway with the family of 27 year old who was killed in a car accident on that road. One week after the press conference, a Bronx motorcyclist in an accident just a mile west of where the press conference was held. The Town submitted a petition with 1,500 signatures to the state after that press conference and since then, State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and New York State Senator Greg Ball, have both joined the town in their efforts.

The two state representatives have sent letters to the New York State Department of Transportation indicating their support for a barrier.

Read the letters in the PDFs attached to this document.

Joanie Sirefman August 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Has anyone taken a look at the width of the road? Just by driving you can tell that it's much narrower than most. You don't have a problem on Rts. 202 or 6 of cars crossing the yellow line because it's wide enough. If a barrier is installed the road will be even narrower, causing, in my view, more accidents as cars run into the very barrier that's supposed to protect them.
Mehmet Bekir August 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Is a barrier needed? YES. Is the road narrow? Seems it. But that's no excuse to cross the yellow or white line. No illegal turns either... This barrier will help save lives and hopefully slow some people down. Stay in your engineered lane.. it's really that simple.
NorthCountyHound August 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I like it better without the barrier. It's more scenic. The Taconic was much nicer before the barriers and the overpasses were built also.
Not as clever as I think August 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I am always terrified to drive on that road, and I do each day to get to Yorktown from peekskill- I can drive but I alway fantasize some jerk will bump me when he's entering the roadway. or a u turner will pop up over the horizon- My former father in law was killed on RT 6 in truro on cape cod because he was tail ended and pushed into the oncoming lane... PLUS Headlight Glare- especially after Hghland Ave going south.. AND...The entrance to the Parkway from RT 6 heading West near the Getty station-it's invisible at night- FOR GOD'S SAKE PUT UP SOME REFLECTORS...PLEASE..I have to guess where theroad is.
Not as clever as I think August 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Scenic? Ambulance, Fire trucks, police cars...yellow vests directing traffic around a fatality- Scenic HA!
Not as clever as I think August 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Those fat assed suvs and double wheeled pick ups and lawn mower trailers weaving behind a landscapers dump truck- you can't share a two lane highway with them...
Virginia Gilleo August 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Scenic ? Are you serious ? If people watched where they were going instead of looking at the scenery maybe we would not of had to bury my 27 year old nephew. Sorry but you need to watch where you are going I can't believe you said that
NorthCountyHound August 21, 2012 at 05:03 PM
When you drive you need to be aware of everything around you, including the trees which can snap and go thru your windshield like a spear. People who only watch the road ahead of them are bad drivers. I was on that road once and saw kids on the hill by Carhart with slingshots. I instantly accelerated and weaved to avoid the storm of rocks that hit the pavement behind me. Up ahead a guy was pulled over with his windsheild gone. You need to see everything because it's what you don't see that will kill you.
cassandra tejeda August 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
A highway is no place to be taking in the scenery.....and as far as the road being narrow a barrier would not kill people the barrier just might encourage people to slow down and actually be cautious while driving on a narrow road @Joanie Sirefman and the speed limit on Rte 202 and Rte 6 are seemingly more adhered to than that of a parkway. My brother was killed by a car who crossed the yellow line to hit his car that he was an innocent passenger in. A barrier may have prevent the car from even involving my brother from being involved.
cassandra tejeda August 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Yes you have to be aware of your surroundings but not becoming mesmerized by the scenery and sight seeing. For someone to want to prevent a barrier that will save lives to preserve their ability to sight see is hard to believe.
cassandra tejeda August 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
My brother was killed and left behind a 5 year old and a week later a motorcyclist was killed this has got to speak for itself. At the press conference a paramedic spoke in support of the barrier attesting to the amount of casualties that he has responded to on that exact parkway you have to go with the facts.
Not as clever as I think August 21, 2012 at 08:32 PM
There is an official "death per mile" state number that has to be met befoer funds are allocated- I think all the sightseeers can get out there and ..oh never mind..being kind is important. A jersey barrier is only 3 or 4 feet high- you can see over it.
robert pidgeon August 21, 2012 at 08:45 PM
big problem is also the limited sight distance of the road some hills and large turns need to be addressed.
John Murray August 21, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Let's get a divider up and straighten out those curves where possible. I'm on that road often and can't imagine if it were built today it would pass muster.
Not as clever as I think August 21, 2012 at 09:39 PM
To restate some things printed here in the Patch in the past: ..."Cars traveling at 60 miles per hour are separated by “six inches of yellow paint and nothing else,” 3 fatal accidents Based on information obtained from the DMV by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT), there have been 201 accidents on the same section (approximately between Route 202 and just past Route 6) of the BMP in which 55 people were injured, between March 2001 and March 2011. That represents about a one-mile stretch of the approximately four-mile-long parkway. Most of the accidents (127 of them) happened during the day, 50 occurred at night and 8 occurred during dawn or dusk. The DMV reports that the “apparent factor” in about 20 of the accidents was improper turning, although many more of the accidents involved turns. Other “apparent factors” in the accidents were following too closely, failure to yield, improper lane changes, animals in the road, cell phone use, snow/ice and alcohol.
Teleman August 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I don't believe the road itself has any inherent problems other than the 2 intersections at locust, and the blind Highland avenue on ramp/double yellow crossing. The main problem is with those that drive- they are going too fast, not paying attention and make illegal turns- i've driven it to work everyday for 22 years- I do believe we need a barrier to protect from idiot drivers though because people are just too stupid. It was only tonight i had a 20 something female 4 feet off of my bumper all the way from 202 to annsville.
Vegas August 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Put a barrier in place and make the road one lane like RT 202. Also put a traffic light at the RT 6 intersection.
cassandra tejeda August 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Sounds like a great idea Vegas a simple resolution to help another avoid the pain my family still has to endure. Since when was 3 deaths not enough. If it were your family I guess it would be easier to understand.
cassandra tejeda August 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM
And oh we don't need you to be nice.....just trying to figure out what your losing by a barrier being installed besides the amazing views
cassandra tejeda August 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM
A family was driving on the Bronx parkway and speeding at that lost control and lost their lives and days later a barrier was installed.....what makes one life anymore valuable than another
NorthCountyHound August 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Why do they put up signs that rrad "scenic highway" or "scenic road" if your not supposed to take in the scenery?
Not as clever as I think August 22, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I see that you enjoy provoking- So I'll bite, For your passengers enjoyment, the driver is altruistic, and generous..drives carefully, and slow enough for the folks in his car to enjoy the scenery...That requires a measure of selflessness that can make life rewarding in untold ways... Why does someone do something for the greater good? "What's in it for me?" is NOT an American ideal- This is the road Some people wish to take America down... There! it got back to politics...but getting government to respond to a need of the people who elected them, ah..sigh
carole August 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM
That is exactly where my son was killed and that is exactly where we are trying to the barriers put in. So those of you talking about the scenery are talking about bear mtn. where the look out is. There happens to be a pull off for that purpose.
carole August 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
The scenic area is on Bear Mtn. Not Bear Mtn. extension. My son was killed near Locust Ave. While @ the press conference there was a near accident. If it was one of your family members I'm sure you would do all you could to make a change.


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