The Special Operations vehicle was on display at the village meeting.
At a recent Village of Brookville Board of Trustees meeting, Frank Pearson, New York State Department of Transportation Regional traffic Engineer, spoke to the approximately 50 residents in attendance to update them on various safety measures that have been taken to improve the conditions on Route 107.
This was a continuation of the discussion that was started in September of last year and an update on studies that have been completed since that time.
Original studies were done along both the northbound and southbound route 107 over the summer, which some residents suggested were skewed since there is a very different traffic pattern during the summer months. Pearson spoke along with Old Brookville Chief of Police, Maurice T. Sullivan. Representatives from Assemblyman Rob Walker, Senator Carl Marcellino and Legislator Diane Yatauro's offices were also in attendance.
This round of studies was completed during school hours and included rush-hour traffic. It measured the turning time from the side street onto Route 107 and also the density of traffic from the side streets.
The purpose of the study was to produce a model on the computer where traffic conditions could be measured and analyzed. Once the model is set up, DOT can work on the traffic signals synchronization.
Once the engineers determine that they have the correct traffic pattern and light synchronization down, they test it in the field to try and create more gaps in the traffic so people could make the turn onto Route 107.
Chief of Police Sullivan spoke on the continuing efforts of the Old Brookville Police Department in regard to traffic safety, not only on Route 107, but throughout the seven villages they patrol. Chief Sullivan reported that on Route 107 in Brookville in 2008 auto accidents had been reduced by 17 percent and speeding summonses issued had increased 42 percent.
Chief Sullivan publicly acknowledged the support the department has received from local politicians in their traffic safety efforts. State Assemblyman Rob Walker has promised to purchase two speed display signs similar to the one now located on Route 107 near Emerson Road.
DOT traffic signals were changed approximately two to three weeks before the meeting and residents were asked if they noticed a change in the traffic.
"The traffic going south becomes congested during the afternoon and evening. Mr. Pearson promised that once measures for traffic traveling north had been corrected, he would then look at the flow going south," said resident Deborah Brody. "He said that no system is perfect, but there are measures to fix them without installing additional traffic lights which the village does not want."
Pearson also said that more signage will be put up to alert motorists that the road is turning and to slow down.
"No one is saying that all traffic problems have been solved," said Mayor Caroline Bazzini. "We are thankful for the work that has been done and it is a great start. These are all a series of a lot of little things that will help to improve the situation."
Also discussed at the meeting were problems with drainage on Route 107. Some residents expressed concerns of accidents between Evans Drive and Wheately Road and said it might be because of the water that builds up forcing cars to hydroplane.
The roads will be tested in late May to see what can be done to fix the flooding problems.
State Senator Carl Marcellino recently provided the department with a grant allowing them to purchase the Special Operations vehicle. The vehicle was on display outside of the meeting and several residents took the opportunity to take an up-close view. The vehicle will be used primarily for Commercial Vehicle Enforcement but is multifunctional and can be used for several other operations that the department is involved in on a regular basis.
"This will enable the Old Brookville Police Department to monitor traffic in the area and especially Route 107," said Brody. "This mobile unit will check registrations, inspections and other motor vehicle infractions."
Members of the Brookville Safety Association, comprised of local residents who joined together to make Brookville's streets safer, thanked Pearson for the attention to improving the safety of Brookville's streets.
The village residents who spoke at the meeting were pleased with the efforts put forth to date and made several suggestions to the Department of Transportation for additional engineering studies. Mayor Bazzini announced that she has appointed village trustee Edward Chesnik as a traffic safety commissioner for the Village to serve as a liaison with the police department and Department of Transportation. Mayor Bazzini believes that working together, additional improvements and enforcement will further enhance the traffic safety within the Village.