HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Safety upgrades are coming to a portion of Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg. The New York Department of Transportation conducted a study of the area on Route 20 between Lakeview and Amsdell Road, because of the high rate of accidents on that particular corridor.
Paul Aschenbrenner says he has lived on Southwestern Boulevard for almost 30 years. He says, “My neighbor two doors down was hit turning into her driveway, and it’s tough to see all of these accidents.”
During that time, he says he witnessed his fair share of accidents near his home.
“A car flew over the ditch, and flew right on my rock out front and landed on there.”, said Aschenbrenner.
The New York State Department of Transportation conducted a study of the area on Route 20 – between Lakeview and Amsdell Road, because of the higher than normal rate of accidents.
The DOT found that over the past 3 years, 136 crashes happened in the area. 30% percent of those crashes involved rear-end collisions.
To help improve safety, the dot will make 3 separate improvements.
– rumble strips on the sides of the road
– deer warning signs between Pleasant Ave and Amsdell Road.
– a two way center lane will be installed between Lakeview and Amsdell roads
Aschenbrenner welcomed the upcoming changes, he said, “It will give us room to turn, we put our signal on to turn about 100 yards before our house, to give the drivers behind us adequate to stop, and a lot of them don’t.”
The deer signage will be installed later this year. A public meeting and environmental study still needs to be conducted for the rumble strips and center lane projects.