Regarding the tragic accident near Antwerp last week, and your recent article, DOT gave nod for signs on road (July 25), I wish to relate a brief conversation. Ten days before the accident, I had to travel from Canton to Watertown.
After crossing the line into Jefferson County on Route 11, I encountered signs warning of One-Lane Road Ahead and Be Prepared to Stop or something of that nature, adorned with orange flags to make sure you noticed. Continuing on, I drove for two miles without seeing another warning sign, or any construction. I finally came upon a flagger stopping traffic at the cutoff where the old road joined the road to Oxbow.
When the opportunity arose, I inquired of the flagman why there were no signs for two miles, expressing my concern that people would have forgotten about the construction by the time they arrived. He told me that an effort had been made to install additional warning signs, but they were told (by someone in authority) that this could not be done. I dont recall for sure, but he may have said they had to take down extra signs already in place.
Ten days later, six people died and another man was very seriously injured. I dont know if the warning signs were so far ahead that day, but if they were, that may have contributed to this terrible event.
My condolences to the families and friends for their loss.
William B. Hull