Ossining mayor's attempt to make Route 9 safer hits roadblock
Route 9 has been a bumpy road for residents in Ossining. Residents, along with the mayor, have been trying to put the brakes on a string of frequent accidents on the busy road.
Over the years, four Ossining residents were killed after being struck by a car trying to cross Route 9. In fact, the road has such a bad reputation, residents have named it the "highway of death." So Ossining Mayor John Perillo took action by putting up signs to try and slow the speeding cars. The signs read, "yield to pedestrians in crosswalk."
But the Department of Transportation (DOT) says the signs are illegal, confusing, potentially dangerous and were never approved. Mayor Perillo was forced to remove two of the signs because the DOT said they were not placed in crosswalks. DOT officials say their job is to move traffic as efficiently as possible.