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State, local officials form group on highway safety in Ithaca

State, local officials form group on highway safety in Ithaca

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Local and state officials have announced the formation of a working group to evaluate possible improvements to safety on the state highways leading into Ithaca.

This working group comes after the June 20 truck crash into Simeon’s on the Commons that took the life of 27 year old Amanda Bush.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and Local Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton will be a part of the group along with Region 3 Director of the State Department of Transportation Carl Ford.

Myrick says the goal is not only improved safety, but a sense of security.

“So much depends on people having confidence that they can come downtown, eat outside and walk around the city without having to fear the large runaway tractor trailer,” Myrick said.

The three offices will work together to examine measures to improve safety on the state roadways in and around Ithaca.

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