GUILDERLAND Residents living along Fuller Road, which stretches through the hamlet of McKownville, persuaded town officials to reduce the thoroughfare’s speed by 10 mph in hopes of making the road safer.
The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday, Aug. 20, unanimously approved reducing the speed limit on Fuller Road to 30 mph from where the southern end begins off of Route 20 to the town line, which is approximately half-a-mile beyond Warren Street. The change effectively makes all of Fuller Road 30 mph, according to Town Supervisor Ken Runion.
“The residents would like to see it happen, but there is a also a lot of activity in that area. We have a lot of walkers, a lot of bike riders and a lot of people that are doing destination shopping, so it is important to control the traffic,” Runion said. “You don’t want to have high speeds on a road that has a lot of pedestrian traffic on it. I think it is going to make Fuller Road more pedestrian friendly.”
Judy Kavaney, of Warren Street, said the community is a “Rockwellian neighborhood” and still holds block parties. Fuller Road, though, is still a problem for the neighborhood, she said.
“I have seen multiple pets sacrificed on the road,” Kavaney said. “I know personally, because I am a bike rider and a walker, that it is very difficult to get across that road.”
Kavaney said motorists use the turning lane down the middle of the street as a passing lane. Other residents claimed to have seen “near misses” as a result of this behavior.
“I think it is perfectly reasonable to reduce that speed to 30 mph,” she said. “It is only a matter of time until some person … goes down on that road.”
Don Reeb, president of the McKownville Improvement Association, had asked the Town Board at its previous meeting to consider reducing the speed limit. Reeb said about a dozen emails were sent to the town in support.