NY Bike Route 9 Signage Overgrowth

The North Residency of NYS DOT Region 8 normally does a pretty good job of clearing roadside brush, but they’re apparently daunted by the prospect of trimming shrubbery and hedges encroaching on the right of way:

Rt 376 at Red Oaks Mill - Bike Route vs ped facilitie
Rt 376 at Red Oaks Mill – Bike Route vs ped facilitie

Truck traffic crops the overhanging branches, but the lower greenery forces pedestrians (who have nowhere else to walk) into the middle of the lane. A DOT staffer once said they didn’t design sidewalks into a project unless a clear path showed in the grass along a road.

The Red Oaks Mill intersection has no pedestrian facilities at all, although nowadays we see more walkers than ever before, and bicyclists no longer expect anything other than Bike Route markers.

This is well beyond the capability of my puny pruner

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