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NY man's fight for safer road may cost him a home
BETHANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A western New York man's longtime quest to fix a dangerous intersection known to locals as "Suicide Corners" could cost him his 200-year-old home.
Thomas Douglas tells local media outlets that he has spent years writing to state transportation officials in an effort to improve safety at the intersection of Route 20 and East Road in the Genesee County town of Bethany, between Rochester and Buffalo. The intersection has been the scene of numerous accidents over the years, some of them fatal.
Transportation officials Thursday night unveiled a plan to replace the four-way intersection with a $2.6 million traffic roundabout. The state would buy Douglas's property under eminent domain and demolish the home where he and his wife raised their six children.
He says he'll try to get the state to change its plans.