PENDLETON, NY-- The residents of the Old Orchard subdivision in the town of Pendleton say they have been trying for the past nine months or so to get the town to place a speed limit sign on Cortland Drive which is the main access road to their development off Meyer Road.
Brett Brady and other residents are concerned for their children in the subdivision because they fear some people may use the unposted status to speed up to 55 miles an hour which is the legal limit for an unposted stretch of road in the state.
Brady says they sought help from the town board and highway superintendent but were in turn told they must wait for approval from the state DOT. Whatever the reason for the delay, the approval did come down and the sign is now available for installation.
Highway Superintendent Jeff Stowell says the sign will be installed on Friday or early next week depending on clearance for underground utility lines.
In the meantime, there appears to be an attempt in the legislature to get swifter approval for such requests with the DOT. A bill which cleared the State Senate actually calls for the DOT to defer to town boards for speed limits, signs, and even signals in instances where safety is a factor. That measure is now under consideration in the State Assembly Transportation Committee.