City vows to fix problems on Hoosick Street
Posted at: 04/14/2013 3:06 PM
By: Dan Bazile
A woman is recovering at Albany Med after she was hit by a car on Hoosick Street in Troy. It's the latest in a series of accidents on that busy stretch of road.
If you travel on Hoosick Street you've most likely come across some congestion. It's known as a thoroughfare with one of the highest volumes of commercial traffic in New England. Police say the recent spate of accidents is a direct result of that gridlock and human error.
“We have pedestrians disregarding traffic control. We have drivers driving imprudently or recklessly,” says Troy Police Captain John Cooney.
The most recent accident happened late Saturday night when police a woman crossing Hoosick at the intersection of 25th Street was hit by a car coming down the hill. Investigators say it was a domestic argument that spilled onto the roadway.
“Both parties, according to witnesses, have frequently crossed the street in an attempt to engage each other,” says the police captain.
The woman was taken to Albany Med with serious injuries. Just hours before that, police say another driver lost control of his car, veered into oncoming traffic and slammed into the Felthousen Florist building.
Earlier this month, police say another woman was on her cell phone, distracted while trying to cross the street when she was struck by a car. And finally, in late March, a 19 year-old mother and her four year-old daughter were hit by a car while trying to cross the busy street.
“The recent spate of accident within such a short time is very unique and extraordinary,” says Capt. Cooney.
City officials say they've identified Hoosick Street as a high accident corridor through recent studies. Plans are now in the works to fix the problem. The city is collaborating with Department of Transportation to come up with education strategies for pedestrians and drivers. The initiative also includes physical suggestions.
“Structural and physical changes to the intersections, the crosswalks, the lighting systems at the crosswalks,” explains the Troy Police Captain.
No word on when the changes will be implemented.