A dangerous intersection will be seeing new flashing lights in the coming weeks. Already posted up around the four-way flashing light are three color stop lights at the intersection of Route 96 and Route 336, an intersection in the town of Romulus known for many accidents. The Department of Transportation's Gene Cilento says we can see the red, yellow and greens flashing soon.
By the mid-1960s, the NY 96–NY 336 intersection had become prone to frequent accidents, some of which were fatal. The rash of incidents was attributed to steep grades on NY 336 that created a poor sight line for drivers heading east toward NY 96. Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg says he can remember a double fatal accident at this site.
Residents have expressed concern about the new lights already. Some have said the three color stop lights are already proving to be more of hindrance in terms of viewing ability while rolling through the intersection.
In 1968, the state rebuilt the 1,500-foot section of NY 336 leading west from NY 96, lowering the highway by as much as 3 feet to reduce the grade of the road's approach. A four-way flashing traffic light was also installed at the junction as part of the project which is still in working function today.