posted on December 13, 2013 14:09
Traffic changes could be coming to Main Street in LeRoy.
The LeRoy Business Council is holding a meeting Monday at 5:30 at the Town Hall with a Department of Transportation representative to discuss restriping Route 5.
“In this case, we took a look at the traffic volume, we took a look at the use of the road,” Public Information Officer of the state Department of Transportation, Lori Maher, said, “and we really were thinking that it might be wise to reduce that four-lane section from the railroad bridge out to about the golf course to a three-lane section with a center turn lane.”
DOT research has shown that four-lane roads encourage speeding and quick lane changes. It’s also a tight squeeze for trucks and people parked on the street.
“This section of Route 5 was constructed years ago back before the Thruway there so it was a little bit of a main thoroughfare,” Maher said. “Now when we look at the traffic volume we think, ‘Oh, we don’t really need two lanes in each direction, we don’t have enough traffic to have that much capacity.’ If there’s opportunities to narrow that up a little bit, calm traffic, improve safety, prevent trucks from going up on the sidewalk where people walk, things like that, that might be a good fit for this area.”