A chart of the road from the 2010 story.

Correction: The story below conflated the site of two fatal accidents with the subject of an upcoming consultant’s study.

I take full responsibility for the embarrassing error. The story has been corrected.

— Jeff Stein

ITHACA, N.Y. — A study will be out this fall looking at how to improve safety on Ithaca’s Route 96B, where there have been several crashes over the course of the last year.

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After several crashes on the road, municipal officials vowed to improve the street’s pedestrian safety.

Those efforts are expected to bear fruit this fall, when an independent consultant releases the results of a study about the road, Ithaca Town Supervisor Herb Engman said at the Tompkins County Legislature on Tuesday night.

“The town is doing a study of Route 96B from the city line to King Road, and the reason is there have been some serious accidents on that stretch of road,” Engman said, noting that a police officer was recently hit while investigating one of those accidents.

“So we’re trying to figure out  a way to provide better pedestrian and cyclist access up the road — not just to Ithaca College, but all the way to the intersection with King Road.”

Engman said the report would be made public, “and then we’ll all have to talk and see what we can do to improve things … there are other roads to be done, but this is where (we’re starting) and hoping to make some progress.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.