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A rumble in the night

Glenville residents complain about new rumble strips on Route 5

Residents of Amsterdam Road in Glenville complain these center line rumble strips are doing more harm than good.

Residents of Amsterdam Road in Glenville complain these center line rumble strips are doing more harm than good. Photo by John Purcell.

— Dozing drivers can be alerted or awoken by rumble strips to avoid accidents, but a recent installation has adjacent residents also waking up from a sound sleep.

Richard Matthews, an Amsterdam Road resident on Route 5, spoke on behalf of fellow concerned neighbors living alongside the recently installed rumble strips during the Glenville Town Board meeting on Wednesday, March 21. The rumble strips were installed when the state Department of Transportation resurfaced Route 5 during last summer and fall. Matthews asked the board to issue a resolution supporting residents and urging the DOT to remove strips and lower the speed limit to 40 mph.

“When the cars or trucks in our case hit them it makes a very, very loud noise,” Matthews said. “This is a big concern for the residents of Amsterdam Road.”

The strips were installed from where the double-yellow center line starts after the I-890 intersection on Route 5 and continue up the roadway to just before the second entrance to the Glenville Business and Technology Park. The speed limit is reduced from 45 to 30 mph near the end of the strips as motorists enter theVillage of Scotia by Maalwyck Park.

Matthews said a petition was circulated among affected residents, with all but one neighbor signing to oppose the rumble strips.

“They have a lot of stories about how the noise was bothering them,” Matthews said, “getting awakened at night by trucks hitting it and one person said the dogs bark when the trucks hit it.”

He said the rumble strips are impacting the residents’ quality of life “very profoundly.”

According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average noise created inside a passenger vehicle from the strips is 60 decibels. The FHWA also said the increase of noise inside the vehicle results in a larger increase in noise outside the vehicle.

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