Go ahead and drive 45. You need a ticket for driving 150% of the limit. If you weren't driving 45, and paying attention, you wouldn't have to "jam on your brakes".
Major problems at this intersection. Needs a light. Even though the speed limit is 45, most vehicles are 55+. Nobody stops when turning right or left and those turning left onto Middleline almost hit the car that actually stops. The best part of this intersection is the rut on the right hand side that almost flips cars that try to go around a stopped car on 29 waiting to make a left.
Running the light, talking on cell phone, going around cars on shoulder....it all happens here, all day everyday.
A little police presence would be nice. Very dangerous intersection due to the people and condition of the road.
The intersection itself is not unsafe, it is the drivers who violate the laws and the rest of us who stand by an let it happen without so much as honking your horn at them. Honk and draw attention to them and let others (or a nearby cop) know.
Everyday at a little after 3pm, I come down Rowland to Rt.29 and watch several of the following each day:
Making turn with cellphone up to ear.
Going through a redlight that was red a second or two before they even reach the intersection.
Going off the road to go around car waiting to make a left onto Rowland.
Cars making right onto Rowland hitting the giant pothole to the side of the road.
Making a right on red without stopping.
More cars with phones up to their ears.
I have seen many accidents at this intersection over the years and as traffic increases, there will be more. Very little police presence. But then again, these actions are happening everywhere else too.
Because nobody cares.
NY state does not care. I also agree that it needs to be lowered to 45 and I'd like to say if we all got together and petitioned our local governments, we would have a chance of getting it changed. But I can tell you from our battle on Murray Road, that the government does not care what people want, it can somehow justify the higher limit and loss of life. It will not change.
I gotta admit, the place looks like heck. It used to be just a woodland lot.
I'm awake! Rowland has reduced speeds on both the other side of Geyser road and the other side of 29. The 55mph limit is not even 2 miles long. There are 8 bus stops along that route. The difference in time to transverse this section at 55 vs 45 is negligible. Once again, you will never get rid of the reckless drivers, so I think it's great we're solving a problem before it actually becomes one.
Another reason to fix this road is because many of those nice new expensive school buses we pay for with our taxes, get rattled and bounced around on this road every school day, as it is a main thruway for Saratoga buses.
Unfortunately, there will always be morons driving. There will also always be people who are on the road doing everything, but driving. Thus the only controllable factor is speed. Reaction time, laws of motion and physics, and being able to control a vehicle, all come into play with speed. Lower speed and reaction time goes up, accident severity goes down, control goes up, even if you are a moron.