DIGGING DEEPER: What’s being done to address this Colesville intersection?

COLESVILLE (WBNG) — Following another crash at the intersection of Colesville Road and Sanitaria Springs Road, this one fatal, many are wondering when changes are going to take place.

It’s a problem that 12 News first told you about in April, when two crashes happened at the intersection within two weeks. 

Edson and Mary Kitchen, a husband and wife from Bainbridge, were killed after police say they were struck by an off-duty New York State trooper in his pick-up truck Tuesday evening.

Deputies say the trooper had the right of way and that the Kitchens’ car was in in the middle of the intersection for reasons they don’t know yet.

Neighbors say crashes are common at this intersection. Now, after seeing two people die with nothing here changing, they are fed up. 

"There’s accidents all the time that come through my yard. I’ve had to scoop my granddaughter up and ran behind a tree. It’s, you know, it’s not a very comforting thought, to live at this corner especially," Vicky Marble explained.

Broome County maintains the road. 

County Executive Garnar was unavailable for to speak with us on Wednesday, but his office released the following statement:

“The Broome County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the motor vehicle accident that occurred in the Town of Colesville on Tuesday, June 12. The loss of life on public roadways throughout the country and Broome County is always tragic. Intersection safety throughout the county is a priority and regularly reviewed by county engineers. The signage and traffic control devices at the intersection of Colesville Road and Sanitaria Springs Road meet the federal safety standards. Over the past several months, Broome County engineers have been working with traffic engineers from the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study (BMTS) to develop and deploy additional resources at this intersection. Final recommendations on the right strategy needed to increase the safety for all members of the traveling public at this location will be implemented when available.Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Sheriff’s Office.”



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