Intersection with Deadly History Receives Upgrades

May 25, 2011 Updated May 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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May 25, 2011 Updated May 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

Clarence, NY (WKBW) - Following an extensive review, Erie County has upgraded the signage at the intersection of County and Strickler Roads in Clarence. Within a year and a half, there have been 4 major accidents. The most tragic accident happened back in November of 2009, when 4 teenagers were killed at the intersection. Police later determined the driver was speeding. Erie County Public Works Commissioner Jerry Sentz says larger stop signs have been installed at the intersection and auxiliary stop signs have been installed on the left hand side.

"As we continue to upgrade traffic signs across Erie County, we encourage drivers to remain attentive while operating their vehicles," said Jerry Sentz, Erie County's Commissioner of Public Works. "Following road markings, sign directions and keeping to the speed limit will drastically reduce the amount of car crashes and ultimately save lives."

Residents say this couldn't have come soon enough and believe this is the first step in the right direction for making the Clarence intersection safer.

"They should have done this a long time ago, but it should help," said Strickler Road Resident Richard Haag.

In addition to the upgrade, crews are also upgrading signage at County and Salt roads. The changes will help meet new Federal Highway Administration mandates.