Cheektowaga set to improve select traffic signals and intersections

The signal light at Walden Galleria Drive and East Drive was on flash at the time of a car crash on August 6th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
The signal light at Walden Galleria Drive and East Drive was on flash at the time of a car crash on August 6th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – The Town of Cheektowaga will soon start work on several projects to improve the safety at several town-owned signals and intersections according to Councilmember Linda Hammer.

The town board recently approved a bond measure that will borrow $525,000.

Ms. Hammer oversees the Traffic & Public Safety Committee for the town and says a bulk of that money, around $425,000, will upgrade traffic signals along French Road.

Signals to be upgraded are:

  • French Road and Scrivner Drive intersection.
  • French Road and Boxwood Lane intersection (south line sub-station).
  • French Road and Towers Boulevard intersection.
  • 1049 French Road (South Line fire district emergency signal).
  • French Road and Borden Road intersection.

The signals at Boxwood and 1049 French Road are considered emergency signals and Assemblymember Monica Wallace was able to secure $150,000 in state funding for the project.

“Those are the two that Monica’s grant will be going for, but we have to do the work first before we get reimbursed,” said Ms. Hammer.

Other work will continue under the New York State Department of Transportation’s Safe Crossings Initiative.  The town in February of 2018 asked the state for $750,000 to upgrade around 29 crossings that either have broken, missing equipment, or faded markings to indicate crosswalks to assist pedestrians across the street.

“The DOT selected nine sites at a budget amount of $303,008,” added Ms. Hammer.  “They’ll be doing new striping, new buttons at the intersections, and at some of the intersections there will be no right on red signage.”

This project also had to be budgeted and completed by the town before the state would reimburse the money.

The bond is subject to permissive referendum.  The bond will take effect thirty days after the adoption date of March 26, 2019.  Within thirty days of the adoptions, qualified electors in the Town of Cheektowaga may file a petition on the bond with no less than 1,135 signatures to protest the bond and request the bond be submitted to the qualified electors of the town for their approval or disapproval.

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