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New York Hopes to Save Lives By Improving Rochester Roads and Highways

The high number of car accidents on major Rochester area highways and interchanges has prompted local NYSDOT to make overdue improvements.
June 09, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Beginning this year, the New York State Department of Transportation in Rochester is planning to upgrade the interchange between I-490, Route 390 and Lyell Avenue. This federally funded project is in the design stage and will take up to seven years to complete. However, the improvements to the roads in this area are overdue as this collection of roads and highways are known to be dangerous and prone to traffic accidents.
According to the NYSDOT, the purpose of the 390-Lydell Improvement Interchange Project is to ease traffic congestion and reduce congestion-related traffic accidents along this corridor. Specifically, the project hopes to reduce accidents on Route 390 southbound to I-490 eastbound traffic and on I-490 westbound to Route 390 northbound.
Over 200,000 vehicles travel this interchange daily as they commute between Rochester and its western suburbs. Due to the heavy volume and age of this interchange, these roadways have deteriorated significantly and are in dire need of repair.
DOT's goal is to give motorists better access to the interchange and connecting roads, including any side streets or less travelled paths. DOT also hopes the highway improvements will provide for better symmetry and improve bicycle, pedestrian and transit mobility in the area.
The high number of car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents on this interchange make its repair critical to public safety. A recent accident illustrates the types of dangerous accidents that can happen on New York roadways.
In April, 31-year-old man rear-ended a pickup truck while attempting to pass a vehicle in a no passing zone. The pickup truck driver, who was 21, had driven into the path of the other car after failing to stop at a stop sign.
The pickup truck driver fled the scene. When authorities caught up with him, they discovered he was drunk. The driver of the car who hit him did not have a license. He sustained back injuries in the accident and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The story may sound wild, but accidents like them happen every day, whether they involve a drunk driver or someone who is distracted. Even the most alert drivers cannot always avoid a car accident.
Hopefully, the improvements to the roads around Rochester will help reduce the number of accidents.
If you or anyone you care about has been injured in a car accident, you should learn about the remedies available to you. An experienced Rochester personal injury attorney can give you insight into what the road ahead may look like and can talk to you about how to protect your interests.
Article provided by Kammholz Messina, LLP
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