Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Front Page

Safety concerns to be addressed at meeting

Colvin Boulevard and Brighton Road intersection

Residents will have an opportunity this week to hear objectives of a safety improvement project involving vehicular safety concerns at the Colvin Boulevard and Brighton Road intersection.

The Erie County Department of Public Works - Division of Highways will host a public information meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, 236 Grayton Road, Tonawanda.

In addition to objectives, existing conditions at the intersection will be discussed, as well as the proposed alternatives and upgrades for the safety improvement project.

Participants will be able to view displays, including drawings and project facts, beginning at 6 p.m. A formal presentation will follow at 6:30 p.m.

After the presentation, staff from Erie County and its engineering consultant will be available to answer questions and receive input from attendees.

“There is a somewhat elevated amount of accidents; therefore, we’re addressing a safety issue,” said project manager Kelly Thompson of Bergmann Associates.

Thompson noted that a goal of the project is to balance safety upgrades with improving traffic operations, or how people use the intersection.

According to a report from the Records and Communications Bureau, there were a total of 10 accidents at the intersection during the 2016 calendar year.

Pedestrian access and upgrades in accommodations will also be emphasized at the meeting.

Although there are Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps, there are no pedestrian signals to tell people when to cross at the intersection, according to Thompson.

The alternatives include retaining the configuration at Brighton Road.

Currently, Colvin Boulevard has four lanes — two lanes northbound and two southbound. Under one alternative, Thompson noted that there would be a change to Colvin Boulevard.

“We would like to hear their perspective on changing Colvin Boulevard to a three-lane section,” Thompson said of residents.

Another alternative includes keeping the configuration at Colvin but changing the timing.

Comments can be provided following the presentation, and in writing on forms, which will be supplied, or by letter. Comments will be accepted until Oct. 26.

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