Making progress to make Caughdenoy Road safer: Your Stories

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Neighbors in Clay have called Caughdenoy Road dark and dangerous. Now they’re hoping to see a change. 

It was Dec. 2018 when a neighbor in Clay, Mike Melfi first came to us, frustrated with the stretch of Caughdenoy Road between Maple Road and Route 31. “The concern is, first and foremost, someone is gonna die on Caughdenoy Road,” Melfi said. 

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office reports between Jan. 1, 2016 and Jan. 11, 2019 there have been five accidents on this stretch of road.

Those crashes have often ended with a car hitting a utility pole, leaving neighbors in the dark. 

The Onondaga County Department of Transportation has since put in speed signs and inspected the road, making sure there’s no flaw in its design. They also sent National Grid a letter detailing their efforts, and asking Grid to step up. 

In a statement, National Grid Spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis says, “We received the letter and are reviewing it. We agree with the County’s assessment that the pole is outside the clear zone. The clear zone in the DOT letter is defined as the National Grid pole complies with the Onondaga County DOT standards.”

Onondaga County Spokesman Justin Sayles also provided us with a statement that says, “Onondaga County has taken several steps in an effort to address the concerns raised regarding extended power outages caused by motor vehicle accidents on Caughdenoy Road. We appreciate that National Grid has agreed to meet with our team to see if there are ways they can be helpful and look forward to a productive conversation.”

The County is also reminding people that power outages, and fixing them falls under the jurisdiction of National Grid. 

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