Dunkirk: Paving the way to a safer Lake Shore route | News, Sports, Jobs


Monday and Tuesday, the police and firefighters of Dunkirk responded to two accidents in the afternoon on Lake Shore Drive. One involved a rollover near train tracks near Point Drive North and the other with two vehicles on Brigham Road.

Fortunately, despite the damage, only one injury was reported. But it reminds me of two things.

First, as the weather becomes more pleasant, it means motorists need to pay more attention to their surroundings. There are more walkers and cyclists when the sun is shining than when the snow is swirling.

Second, give it a brake. Lake Shore Drive will be under construction in the coming weeks as part of an effort to make the road more user-friendly for anyone not driving.

Dunkirk must also think about speeds. Currently, Lake Shore Drive is at 35 mph. Due to the proximity of the lake and other potential tourist attractions, it’s time for city leaders to see what can be done to slow traffic. Maybe even a lower limit.

With road works coming up, now is a great time to at least consider.

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