• Route 4 needs safety overhaul
    May 20,2013
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    Route 4 needs safety overhaul

    I was sorry to read of the second fatal accident on Route 4 within a week. My sympathies to the families of the women killed and to their friends and community.

    Although the exact cause of the accidents may not have been determined, the experience my husband and I had driving from Woodstock to Rutland the evening of May 8 may be relevant. It was raining and very dark when we left Woodstock and outside of town, bands of fog stretched across the road. The yellow line down the middle, which should have clearly evident, was faint or non-existent. Headlights were reflected back at us — the only way we knew we had come too close to the road’s center or had crossed over was when we hit the rumble strips. The edges of the road were just as difficult to see; for most of the way, we were driving blind.

    This stretch of Route 4 is difficult enough in broad daylight with its hills and curves and rocky slopes where the river runs. But its dangers would be far less and future accidents might be prevented if its median and shoulders were clearly and brightly marked. I hope that the Vermont Agency of Transportation, or whichever agency is responsible for roads and safety, will take note of this situation and be quick to remedy it.


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