Officials probe speeding solutions in Cortlandt

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CORTLANDT -

Officials are searching for solutions to speeding in Cortlandt after residents voiced their concerns.

Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi at a meeting Wednesday night laid out her ideas, which include lowering the speed limit to 25 mph and putting up more stop signs.

However, she says adding speed bumps is likely not possible.

The two roads in particular are Trolley and Kings Ferry roads, in the hamlet of Montrose.

Frances Kiernan, who lives on Kings Ferry Road, says the road is dangerous. She says that last week an alleged drunken driver crashed through her yard and smashed her and her neighbor's vehicles.

"It was scary, to tell you the truth, and I am so happy no one was hurt," she says.

In the past, the town has added sidewalks, and more recently beefed up police patrols.

"We have added to our contract with the Westchester County Police to have additional patrolling in this neighborhood," Puglisi says.

Puglisi says that at Tuesday's town board meeting, funding was approved to hire a traffic engineer to do a speed study.

The town also installed a permanent sign that will display a driver's speed, acting as a deterrent. 

The town supervisor says that next month the board will likely vote on whether to install stop signs with flashing lights to help with the speeding issue.

The board is also expecting an initial report of the speed study in January.

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