After LaMarr Barnesin a tragic car accident on the Bear Mountain Parkway late last year, his mother several times on Patch, begging people to help her get a barrier installed on the road.
The Town of Cortlandt is now taking the next step to help her and to hopefully help prevent future accidents and fatalities. Town of Cortlandt has created a petition to lobby New York State to install one on the state-owned parkway. They have already approved asking the state to build a barrier, but to no avail.
In the last ten years, three people have died, 52 have been injured and there have been more than 200 accidents on one small stretch of the parkway in Cortlandt, according to DOT reports.
“We need a barrier going through the center of the road for safety reasons,” Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi said after the most recent fatality on that road.
In 2008, the state Department of Transportation on the state’s program to reconstruct the parkway from Routes 6/9/202 to Routes 35/202, which would have included the installation of a median barrier. That project would have started in 2012, but the recession has caused the DOT to push back the project indefinitely.
The Town hopes the petition will help the state to listen and respond to their request, which they feel can be a matter of life and death.
View a copy of the petition in the attached PDF.
You can sign the petition at