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Did Improvements to Dysinger Road Come Too Late?
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LOCKPORT, N.Y. - A Niagara County road which has been the scene of several serious accidents is getting some of the safety upgrades local officials and residents have been asking for.

The New York State Department of Transportation Monday announced the improvements for Dysinger Road (NY Route 93) in the Town of Lockport.

Crosswalks and stop bars were recently installed at the intersection of Dysinger Road with Beattie and Old Beattie roads. Pedestrian indications with countdown timers were also added over the summer at all four corners of the intersection.

2 On Your Side sat down with the attorney for the two pedestrians who were hit on Dysinger Road in Lockport in August of 2010. Attorney Stephen Ciocca says his clients are still recovering and lawsuits against the town and state are still pending.

The State Department of Transportation says crosswalks and countdown timers were just added to the intersection of Dysinger and Beattie and Old Beattie Roads. That's near where an accident injuring two pedestrians happened about a year ago as well as other accidents in the past.

Despite the improvements, Ciocca says the state is a little late.

"It's good news for not only people on Dysinger Road but for people travelling in that area," said Ciocca. "Something is better than nothing."

"In the end, it doesn't help your clients now!" said 2 On Your Side's Josh Boose.

"It doesn't and it doesn't help the individuals that were also hurt," said Ciocca. "It's unfortunate that a lot of time the only thing that spawns action is a lawsuit."

Further safety improvements will include:

  • The installation of additional "Do Not Drive on Shoulder" signs and fluorescent pedestrian warning signs.
  • Rumble strips will be milled-in on shoulders of both sides of Dysinger Road, adjacent to the travel lane, to audibly alert errant motorists. 
  • A bike lane with pavement bike symbols will be striped on the shoulder to increase delineation. 
  • Sidewalk will also be installed on the south side of Dysinger Road from Centre Street to Raymond Road.

"I am very pleased that NYSDOT has fast-tracked this project for the safety of the residents of the Dysinger Road corridor and for those who travel through the area," said Senator George Maziarz, who pushed for the upgrades. "We thank the NYSDOT for making improvements along this road which has seen too many tragic occurrences."

The work is scheduled to be completed sometime this fall.

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