County lawmaker: New lights needed for accident prone Higby Road

Since 2012 there have been multiple proposals to improve the safety of Higby Road, and one county lawmaker claims more work needs to be done.

Posted: Jan. 17, 2018 7:46 PM
Updated: Jan. 17, 2018 8:05 PM

FRANKFORT, NY-- Since 2012 there have been multiple proposals to improve the safety of Higby Road, and one county lawmaker claims more work needs to be done.

Herkimer County Legislator John Brezinski, D-Frankfort, wants to add more street lights at the intersections of Albany and Higby and Graffenburg and Higby roads.

This is Brezinski's second attempt to add additional lights. Last year he sent a letter to the then Frankfort Town Supervisor, Joseph Kinney. But Kinney told Brezinski the roads were county owned, and would be the county's responsibility to make improvements.

Brezinski has brought the issue up again, this time to the new Town Supervisor Glenn Asnoe.

According to town laws, the town has the authority without county approval, to move a resolution to install lighting.

Asnoe said he has only been in office for 16 days, and wasn't familiar with all of the laws when contacted by phone. He said that the town board might have to establish a lighting district in order to determine who would pay for the lights. The proposal was tabled Wednesday night. Town board members explained they needed more information on the lights specificially to make a decision.

Brezinski said the lights would only cost taxpayers about 11 cents, per light, each year.

Brezinski also cited that a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration found lighting can reduce late night/early morning accidents at intersections by an average of 35 percent.

Brezinski added that from 2012 to 2017, about 78 accidents happened on Higby Road, four of those were fatal. Speed limits were reduced on Higby Road last year.

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