Those living along deadly stretch of HWY 44 in Burnside say signs a nice start, more needed

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:32pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:32pm

"I've lived here since 1953, and there is at least one accident every week," Carl Robert who lives along Highway 44 in Burnside explained

Just a day after a five year-old was killed in a crash on that curvy stretch of Highway 44 near his home the State Department of Transportation put up new signs for drivers. But residents maintain that for years they have been asking DOTD for more.

"The road needs to be widened, people would be satisfied with one foot on each side so we could at least have a margin of error," adds Kent Schexnaydre, a councilmen who lives nearby.

While newly installed signs do warn drivers to slow coming in to the curve, residents tell NBC33 they're not sure it's going to be enough to prevent another deadly accident.

"It's not something that's a wish list, it's something that did already and will continue to cost lives," Schexnaydre continued.

Lauren Lee with DOTD explained there aren't any immediate plans for safety improvements, but added that crews will be taking a second look at the fatal road.

"We will be conducting a road safety survey in the upcoming month to determine any safety related needs and determine what measures can be put in place," Lee said.

For residents any new safety measures can't come soon enough.

"I go to a lot of the accidents, and a lot of them have to be hauled away in an ambulance. So something needs to be done," Robert said with a shake of his head.

Lee said that new safety measures could include center rumble strips, more signs, and possibly widening the road.

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