WHEATLAND — The installation of a four way stop at the intersection of State Route 36 and North Road was put into action Wednesday morning.
The New York State Department of Transportation,(NYSDOT), announced in a press release, that the four way stop will be a change from the existing two way stop and is expected to improve safety at the intersection by making all drivers stop and look for other vehicles before traveling through the intersection.
“After a thorough engineering analysis, the New York State Department of Transportation has decided to install a four way stop at Route 36 and North Road to make the intersection even safer, ensuring that each vehicle stops before proceeding,” said Joan McDonald, Commissioner for the New York State Department of Transportation.
Double stop signs will be installed on each side of the intersection for added visibility. New pavement striping and stop ahead signs will be added to provide for advance warning. A temporary variable message sign will be located along Route 36 to alert drivers about the new traffic condition.
“I thank the State Department of Transportation for re-evaluating the intersection and taking additional safety measures to protect the traveling public,” said New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan.
Along with the installation of four way stop signs, other work involves clearing trees and brush along side the West side of Route 36. This clearing is outside of the right of way for the New York State Department of Transportation and is being done in cooperation with the property owners. Flattening and clearing this location will extend sight distance for drivers looking North from the intersection as well as for drivers traveling South along Route 36.
“With community support and new information from law enforcement officials and others, the New York State Department of Transportation was able to devise additional improvements that will make this location safer,” said Senator Gallivan.
Work began on this intersection Wednesday, and is expected to be completed by the end of the week.