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Genesee Road discussed at town board meeting

Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito, Town Councilmen Clyde Drake and Kenneth Zittel, Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains, and Legislator John Mills as well as several members of the East Concord Fire Department including Chief Mike Ahrens met with Erie County Safety Coordinator Gina Wilkolaski and representatives from Clark Patterson, the county’s consultant on safety issues, at the East Concord Fire Hall on Aug.

3. The group was able to witness in person traffic problems at the intersections of Route 240 and Genesee and Sibley Roads.

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Town board meeting discusses Genesee Road

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The county, by working with the town board and the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), was able to obtain a federal grant to pay for safety improvements at that location which has been a problem for many years primarily due to increased traffic in that area and the lack of attention drivers pay when traveling through that area of the township.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to obtain the town’s input and, in the near future, citizens’ input on several possible solutions for improving the safety of that area. Presently Clark Patterson is considering three alternatives and upon completion of this study will present to the board and community the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The three possibilities being considered include the installation of traffic control devices i.e. traffic lights, a realignment of Sibley with stops signs similar to what was done at the intersection of Boston/Springville and Genesee Roads, or the construction of a round-about very similar to what was done a few years ago in the Village of Hamburg.

To obtain the public’s input a meeting will be held at the East Concord Fire Hall upon the completion of the study. The town board will make every effort to make sure the public is notified of the date and time of that meeting. If the community can arrive at a consensus, construction will begin in April of 2018.

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