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Lowville officials seek to slow down traffic on Waters Road

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LOWVILLE — Town officials are taking steps to try to slow down traffic on Waters Road.

Council members on Thursday, by a 5-0 vote, requested that the state Department of Transportation approve a speed zone on the road and, in the interim, authorized Highway Superintendent Richard T. Dening to put up signs directing motorists to maintain a safe speed along the narrow, winding roadway.

“It’s essentially a one-lane road,” town Supervisor Randall A. Schell said.

The moves came in response to a written request from Waters Road resident Lee M. Terry, who told council members he also would submit a petition from other residents in support of the slow-down efforts on the road, which runs for more than 2 miles from Brookside Senior Living Community at the village limits to Route 812 in Dadville.

Mr. Terry said the road, which follows a short stretch of the Black River, is used by joggers and bicyclists, and many children live in a cluster of homes on the Dadville end.

The town’s request to DOT, also slated be sent to Lewis County officials for their review, is to either extend the village speed limit of 30 mph over the entire length of the town road or establish some other “reasonable reduced speed zone.”

“Right now, it’s 55 from just past Brookside right to 812,” Mr. Schell said.

Town Attorney Raymond A. Meier cautioned board members not to expect that state officials will grant their request.

“They’re generally reluctant to do it,” said Mr. Meier, a former state senator.

Village Trustee Joseph G. Beagle, who serves as a liaison between the town and village boards, also suggested that town officials not expect an immediate response.

“If it goes to the state, it will probably take awhile,” he said.

State officials in late 2011 denied a town request for a nearly mile-long reduced-speed and no-passing zone on Route 12 just west of the village.

Town leaders said the extension of a speed zone from the village limits to the Bardo Road intersection would be appropriate, particularly given the addition of the Ridge View Inn restaurant behind the Ridge View Lodge near that intersection.

However, DOT officials determined that the existing setup was fine, with adequate sight distance in areas where passing is allowed.

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