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Deadly intersection in Ontario County could see roundabout as solution

A problematic intersection in Ontario County could finally be getting the overhaul it needs.

An off-duty corrections officer was killed at the intersection of County Road 46 and Smith Road in Hopewell in 2017. It devastated the community, but in recent months — the possibility of bringing improvement to that intersection has raised hope.

Deputy Joshua Shaver, a 35-year-old, died in that crash. Two vehicles were involved. Officials say the accident rate at that intersection is three-times higher than similar locations, and 22 percent of the crashes at that intersection over the last seven years have resulted in people being hurt, reports.

A virtual open house is being planned on the matter. It’s unclear when that might take place given the circumstances around COVID-19. “They really do a great job at mitigating high-speed, right-angle crashes,” Timothy McElligott said to MPNNow. He’s an engineer with the Department of Public Works.

“We have been looking at that intersection and making steady improvements,” he continued. “They haven’t reduced accidents to zero.”

Sheriff Kevin Henderson agrees that a roundabout would help dramatically. “They are designed for low speeds,” he said.