GENESEO – The Town of Geneseo is trying to reduce the speed headed headed north from Main Street Geneseo on Rte. 39 going by Geneseo Central School.
The Town Board said that they are working closely with Senator Patrick Gallivan to try and reduce the speed, but New York State has guidelines for speed changes at village to town transitions that need to be addressed.
“We are in a conversation with Senator Pat Gallivan about the speed at that point,” said Geneseo Town Supervisor William Wadsworth. “The speed change from 30 to 40 right before the school curve seems counterintuitive. However, the state is adhering to the standard speed change at a village to town transition.”
Geneseo highway supervisor Larry Levey said that other speed altering options have worked in surrounding towns.
“What I’ve done in many towns around here is install a flashing light that tells drivers when school is in session,” said Levey. “York has one on 63. It’s on a timer typically, but the school can override it and activate it. So if the speed reduction through the state doesn’t go through there are other options.”
Town Council member Jerry Wrubel anticipated that a flashing sign could also cause issues with the state, since in his experience on the traffic safety board the Department of Transportation is not always willing to go along with flashing signs.