Saratoga Springs homeowners fear Geyser Road Trail will result in cars in their living room

May 15, 2019 07:11 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Jim and Carole Lawrence fear for their house and sometimes when they see trucks speeding past their home, they fear for their life.

"Look at this," says Jim Lawrence as a tractor trailer comes barreling down Geyser Road, just about 10 feet from Lawrence's front porch.


Their Victorian home is about to get closer to busy Geyser Road. A $3.5 million widening project to add a turn lane and long-awaited bike and walking lane will bring the road to them.

Their 125-year-old house is now about 10 feet from the highway. After the widening project, just one step off their bottom step will land them on the shoulder of the road.

"It's a very dangerous situation and scary also," said Carole Lawrence.

James added, "We'll step off our stairs right into the road."

The Lawrences say they want the city and the state Department of Transportation to help them.

Mayor Meg Kelly saying Wednesday that they've offered to plant trees and landscaping to give them a buffer from the road.

Kelly says they won't move the home as Lawrence has suggested, but they are willing to move his stairs to the side of the porch.

"That's helping them, not us," James said.

Lawrence says he wants to build a stone wall along each side of his front stairs.

"So if a car is coming down, he's going off the road, hopefully he would just scrape against that wall and not climb up here," he said, pointing to his front porch.

The Lawrences also want to add a couple of boulders that might slow down a car before it gets to their house.

"If a tractor trailer comes down this road, we're lost," said James.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late summer. The Lawrences are hoping to have some assurances of help before then.


Mark Mulholland

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