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A traffic light is needed at Oakwood Ave and Frear Park Rd,( Death Trap )
putting a stop light at this intersection might lessen traffic glogs elsewhere but it would worsen the traffic congestion on Oakwood Ave itself! No way would a stop light here be a good thing for the neghborhood. Especially for anyone that regularly drives up and down Oakwood Ave.
Oakwood is too busy as it is.
I think we should get rid of the light at Oakwood ave and Middleburgh. It's not warranted. Just put a stop sign there and let traffic move as they can... just like the intersection at frear park and oakwood.
NO MORE STOPLIGHTS ON OAKWOOD AVE PLEASE!
I lived in that area my whole childhood and that intersection has always been very dangerous! My sister was hit by a car who passed a city bus dropping off kids to go to the park at that intersection. A stop light would help the pedestrian traffic and would drop the Vehicle speeds back to the posted 30 mph. After point that you have almost 3 mi of (Rt-40)speedway to ride on Ted so if stopping at a light is too much to ask try living in that area and crossing the street.
Andy I have lived on Oakwood ave for 5 years. Believe me, I know this road and its traffic patterns very well.
Another traffic light would have vehicles backed up on both ends of oakwood ave. Especially, on hoosick and onto alternate 7 ...waiting to turn left on to Oakwood.
If you slow traffic down by putting another light on oakwood, traffic will back up worse than it does now.
The only place I've ever seen cops set up doing radar is in the abandoned office buildings driveway across from Oakwood cemetery. That location is too far away from where the real speeding problem exists... THE CITY. Who cares if people speed once they get out of the populated areas? The cops need to stop the speeding where most people live on oakwood ave... from ingalls ave down to hoosick street.
Planning dude, I bought an inexpensive police radar gun from ebay a while back. It was calibrated and worked perfectly. Please don't assume I'm just dreaming that the traffic is speeding by my house on a regular basis. I used the radar gun on a few occasions at different spots on Oakwood ave. Here's a video of it in use. This is a regular occurance. The only time traffic doesn't speed on Oakwood is during rush hour and that's because the traffic is backed up from hoosick to midleburgh. LOL!
You are the very first person I've ever encountered who *actually* has one. Most people make blanket statements with assumptions that people are going 50 or 60. The speed limit is 30 and up to 40 is generally tolerated. An easy solution to this is to ramp up the police at the intersection, or put in a rotary which calms traffic and solves backup problems.
Now if they'd learn to make traffic flow on Hoosick we'd be all fine. Troy seems to have not hired a traffic engineer (or one that got A's in school) because when the light you are at turns green the next one turns red. That's a blatant amateur attempt at traffic calming that is quite counterproductive.
BTW - I am a traffic engineer in another city but I live in Troy.
Rerouting Oakwood, and the ends of Frear Park Rd. and 15th St. into a single, wider roundabout would probably be the "best" answer - lights or a 4-way stop would make things worse.
Though I bet Troy PD likes having Oakwood straight and wide open there, nice lucrative speed trap.
So many questions here:
1)who closed this ticket? and WHY?
NOTHING has been done--sounds just a little bit too typical of TROY!
2) sorry Brooke, but what the hell does looking both ways have to do with anything??? we can all do this, but if you can't take the left because all of the traffic is coming off Hoosick St, it doesn't make a difference if you are looking left right, up or down!
3) MR educated on Traffice flow: what makes you an expert?? a couple of classes? anyone who drives on this road and every other road, for that matter, should have a say !!!
4) Don't the cops have anything better to do? You always see the same cops in the same places! Tucked into the parking lot near Frear Park, one on Hoosick Street catching people who are not even purposely driving fast DOWN the hill, it is called velocity!!!
5) And as far as the speed, if laser guns were cheaper, I would buy one and set outside and prove you wrong!
6)More Specifically to Traffic & City Planning Dude: What city do you work in, and what is their traffic flow like?
The coit of Troy should do on Oakwood Ave is what Bennington VT does on their city streets... create a new ordinance and erect "no engine brakes" signs on the hill AND ACTUALLY ENFORCE IT.
Or the cops could just enforce the noise ordinances (and speed limits) that are already in place. The limit is 70dB measured 25 feet from the center of the travel lane. The jake brakes on local trucking company trucks are almost all breaking the law. Ask any resident.
I assume the noise ordinance isn't enforced because Fane and Troy sand & gravel are both in bed with Troys DPU and DPW.
Oakwood ave is certainly a speedway! Especially, from frear park down to hoosick street. However, you will NEVER see a cop doing radar or have a vehicle pulled over on this stretch of road. WHY???
Anyone that drives Oakwood ave often... ask yourself if you've ever seen a car pulled over or seen the police doing radar from Frear park down to hoosick street.
It's the most populated part of Oakwood Ave so you'd think this part of the road would be patrolled and enforced more frequently.
I'll eat my words!
There's an officer parked on Oakwood ave (near sausse ave) doing radar today. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. He's pulling over a vehicle about every 10 minutes!
Thank you Troy PD for making our neighborhood safer.
Now, I do believe the police do read these fix-it boards and they do care. I'm very impressed. Maybe they'll come to 15th street next?
With the GIGANTIC revenue generating possibilities & a safer neighborhood for residents... I'm surprised the police don't do radar on this section of Oakwood Ave. all the time.
Assuming that the officer is issuing speeding tickets, not warnings... he is making a KILLING for the city of Troy and gaining respect from residents in the process.
KUDOS to the TPD.
I agree that its a dangerous intersection but there's a traffic light 1 block away at middleburgh and oakwood. Maybe more people can use that intersection instead of the frear park one?
Imagine how screwed up traffic would be with another traffic light only 1 block away? It would be ridiculous.
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