A wrong-way crash on the Taconic State Parkway less than a mile south of Peekskill Hollow Road on Sunday, Aug. 30 took the life of a young motorcyclist. No charges have been filed in that one-way Taconic crash against the Subaru driver, Melida Espinal, 40, of Danbury, Conn.
State plans to improve pavement markings and replace or enhance signage at parkway entrances may have saved the life of 22-year-old Jeffrey Divine of Stormville, whose motorcycle was hit head- on by a Subaru traveling the wrong direction on the Taconic.
Trooper Melissa McMorris, a public information officer with the state police, said, "When you enter a roadway, always look for the pavement markings to confirm your intended direction of travel. Just like on a two-lane roadway, the yellow pavement markings should always be to your left, and the white lines will always be on your right"
The state Department of Transportation has begun an initiative to improve pavement markings and signage on the Taconic Parkway, according to Jennifer Post, a state DOT spokeswoman.
"Among other things, that project will replace or enhance signage at exit ramps on the Taconic, making it even clearer which way motorists should be driving in order to discourage wrong way access,'' Post said on Thursday. "The existing signage meets state and federal standards.
"The state DOT is scheduled to accept bids next month for sign improvements along the Taconic in Westchester County, Post said.
"We are scheduled to get bids for a second contract in June (2016) for sign improvements on the Taconic in Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia counties,'' Post said.
Similar sign updates and improvements are scheduled for the Sprain Brook and Palisades Interstate parkways in the next few years, Post added.
On Feb. 28, a 46-year-old NYPD detective from Hartsdale was killed by a 20-year-old drunken driver from Yonkers heading north on the southbound lanes of the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh. The wrong-way driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Late that same day, a 39-year-old drunken driver from Ossining entered Route 9A in the wrong direction at Route 117 in Mount Pleasant, before crashing into a southbound vehicle near the entrance to the Taconic Parkway. One person was hospitalized in that crash..