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Chatham residents petition for slower speed on Route 203

Dec 28, 2017 11:45 am
Emilia Teasdale reports in The Columbia Paper that the Chatham Village board signed on to a petition asking New York to lower the speed limit from 55 mph on Route 203 on the west side of Chatham. The petition is on the Village of Chatham Facebook page, www.facebook.com/VillageofChathamNY. “This petition seeks a reduction of the speed limit on NY State Route 203 from approximately Maranatha Church at 1965 Route 203 to the Chatham Village border. This short stretch of road currently has a speed limit of 55 mph. It is heavily used by pedestrians walking to Mac-Haydn Theater, Edgewood Acres Mobile Home Park, and a shortcut to Chatham High School. Driving toward Chatham Village, the road goes downhill. Lowering the speed limit on this short stretch of New York state road would be appropriate and make a significant positive impact on safety.” Village resident Christy Collins started the petition. The towns of Kinderhook, Ghent, and Chatham passed resolutions in 2015 requesting that the state reduce the speed limit on 203, but New York took no action. “It’s a good idea,” said Chatham Village Mayor Tom Curran. The Chatham Village board meets next at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Tracy Memorial/Village Hall. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.