Rumble Strips on Route 7 Should Increase Safety
Rumble strips have been added to sections of Route 7 in Bennington County, including a stretch in Pownal where two fatal accidents occurred last winter, as part of a statewide effort to increase safety along the Route 7 corridor.
The Berkshire Eagle reports the federally funded project of the Vermont Agency of Transportation began about a month ago.
All rumble strip installations as part of the project have been completed in Bennington County,
Centerline rumble strips have been linked to a 44-percent reduction in head-on and fatal injury crashes on two-lane roads,
Robert Dross, a 21-year-old Pownal firefighter, was killed in a two-car crash Feb. 1.
A Shaftsbury firefighter, Shelby Coon, of Bennington, was killed in a one-car crash March 4.
In March, the Pownal Select Board voted to ask state transportation officials to study a stretch of Route 7 for potential safety upgrades, after the two fatal crashes.