“Beyond whatever circumstances led to the 2018 limousine crash at routes 30 and 30A that killed 20 people, the Route 30 corridor is a dangerous place to live and drive, residents made clear at a meeting Thursday.
For two hours on a night when rain and cold made for slick driving, a stream of residents came to a microphone in the meeting room at the Schoharie Firehouse to voice their concerns to local state legislators about speeding, high traffic levels and other issues as part of a “listening forum” organized by Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie. About 50 people attended.
“People are now using the turning lane [at routes 30A and 30] as a passing lane,” said Jessica Kirby, whose family owns the Apple Barrel Country Store at the intersection where the limousine crash occurred. “It is only a matter of time until something happens at that intersection.”
“The speed limit is just absolutely unacceptable,” said Barton Finnegan, who also lives on that section of Route 30, within a mile of its intersection with Interstate-88. “Just to cross the road is a challenge. There’s lots of traffic, and it is simply going too fast.”
It’s the kind of information the legislators present — Tague, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and state Sen. James Seward, R-Oneonta — said they want. They plan to bring residents’ safety concerns to the state Department of Transportation.”
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Williams, Stephen. Schenectady Gazette 6 February 2020.