In an effort to further enhance communication from village officials to the community’s residents, pedestrians, motorists, and businesses, Mayor Dan DeLano has written the below letter, which was also published by local media outlets.
Dear community stakeholder,
The Village of Williamsville is nearing the halfway point of a Main Street reconstruction project that will enhance the thoroughfare for the benefit of pedestrians, motorists, residents and visitors.
Throughout our Picture Main Street project, village officials and representatives of the state Department of Transportation have been open in communicating weekly updates to the public, including residents and business owners. The updates routinely explain the extent of the construction that will occur in each phase.
The project cost is $3.125 million, not including the fees for the state’s milling and paving. A total of $2.5 million in federal and state grants will assist with 75 percent of the project’s costs.
The completion date of the construction is Oct. 30, at which time Main Street will have:
- New sidewalks with enhanced crosswalks to make the village more walkable.
- Curb extensions, known as bulb-outs, at intersections to shorten pedestrian crossing distance and to also prevent vehicles from making unsafe and illegal right turns from the parking lanes.
- A pedestrian-activated HAWK signal in front of the Williamsville Library. The signal will allow pedestrians easier access to both sides of Main.
Motorists should be aware that traffic lane restrictions are in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Through the combined planning efforts of the DOT and the village, lane restrictions will not be in place during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
The construction crews, pedestrians and fellow motorists are not inconvenient obstacles – they are your fellow human beings and that is the bottom line.
Village officials are developing plans to hold an event that is similar to the former Block Party next year. The event will commemorate the conclusion of the Picture Main Street project and all of its safety enhancements that will be advantageous to the community. In the meantime, the village is fully open for business.
For construction details and the project’s weekly updates, visit www.WalkableWilliamsville.com.
Mayor Dan DeLano
Village of Williamsville