There is light at the end of the tunnel for drivers and pedestrians in Corning. At least 20 accidents have been reported along an important city street. Officials have applied for a state grant in an effort to implement safety upgrades. YNN's Crystal Cranmore has the details on the plan.
CORNING, N.Y. – "There's been a few accidents,” said Pilar Miller, who owns Styled by Pilar on Pulteney Street.
“A lot of people running red lights, a lot of people being in the wrong lanes and of course, we've observed fender benders,” said Kevin Hooey, the co-owner of Callahan and Hooey Real Estate.
Long time business owners along East Pulteney Street in Corning have witnessed an uptick in crashes through the years and worry about what may lie ahead.
“We’ve observed here at the intersection of Bridge and Pulteney streets an increase an amount of traffic since the Patterson Bridge has now half closed. And we're certainly concerned when the bridge closes completely on September 30th it will be a very busy place to be,” said Hooey.
According to a study by Corning Enterprises, there have been at least 20 reported accidents during the last four years. Eleven of those accidents happened at Bridge and Pulteney. Another four took place near Center Way. Hundreds of tourists cross this intersection every day.
City council has applied for a $600,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation to fund safety upgrades along East Pulteney Street.
“There will be traffic calming patents through here. They’ll create medians and raise the road slightly,” said Frank Muccini, Corning City Councilman.
City officials say there will also be new signage and bicycle lanes. Business owners say they look forward to change.
“Hopefully it will promote more safety in the area, which is something we need with kids walking by,” said Miller.
City officials hope the upgrades can take place sometime next year.