posted on February 17, 2014 13:26
A victory for LeRoy’s community engagement.
Legislator Shelley Stein announces that no traffic changes are coming to Route 5, and it was the community’s outspokenness that halted the effort.
The state Department of Transportation proposed making Route 5 two lanes with diagonal parking on Main Street to improve safety. However, LeRoy residents were overwhelmingly opposed to any changes, Stein said.
Residents, businesses owners and local leaders turned out for meetings and made their voices heard.
“In LeRoy, we have really built a foundation for community education forums,” Stein said. “The fact that we have all of our partners come together in one room, having the same discussion collectively, learning the information together and the response together – it certainly has provided LeRoy the opportunity to speak with one voice.”
There are several reasons the Road Diet Proposal fell through, Stein says. One is that traffic data brought forward by Chief of Police Chris Hayward and Fire Chief Thomas Wood showed a change was not warranted, contrary to DOT information.
Second, Stein says the DOT thought they were going along with the wishes the Village, but that was from a previous administration.
And lastly, public opinion swayed the DOT.
Route 5 will be resurfaced this summer, but will maintain the same traffic pattern and lines. Stein says the work shouldn’t interfere with the Oatka Festival.