STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. -- Plans to upgrade a busy road in Steuben County are gaining momentum. The Corning City Council recently applied for a $600,000 state grant in an effort to make East Pulteney Street safer for drivers and pedestrians.
According to a study conducted by Corning Enterprises, there have been at least 20 accidents along the street between 2009 and 2012. Four of those accidents occurred near Center Way. That's an intersection where hundreds of tourists cross the street everyday from the Corning Museum of Glass. It's one reason why Corning Enterprises is working with the city to add improvements, including raised medians, signage and bicycle lanes.
Nearby businesses hope the area becomes safer.
"Hopefully we could get things calmed down a little bit here at the intersection and keep things safe. And quiet it down and have everyone pay attention to the signage and everything that's going on around them," said Kevin Hooey of Callahan and Hooey Real Estate.
If the Department of Transportation grants the money, the city would receive $480,000 from the state and Corning Enterprises would commit the remaining 20 percent.