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SIGNS SOUGHT TO EASE JAMS ON FALLS ROADS

City officials say new signs may be put up as soon as the June 2 weekend designating sanctioned alternate routes to the Falls.

The Niagara Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau meeting decided on the new signs at Wednesday's meeting and directed Charles P. Steiner of the bureau's Downtown Parking Committee to suggest routes.

The suggestions will be submitted to the city for its approval. The parking committee meets Wednesday.

"If we can, we'll have some signs up for next weekend," said Mayor Michael C. O'Laughlin.

The board decided to follow a suggestion made by member Radomir Matovic. The bureau wants to relieve the logjam on Main Street leading to the Rainbow Bridge by diverting traffic through the city's South End.

Officials plan to begin placing signs at the Packard Road-Pine Avenue junction and on Walnut Avenue, already heavily used by Canada-bound traffic, to direct autos to Niagara Street.

Steiner said Portage Road, 10th Street and 24th Street may be designated as linking routes to move traffic from Walnut to Niagara.

Steiner said he will suggest that the signs read: "Alternate Route to the Falls" and bear a directional arrow.

Bureau Chairman Edward F. Joseph first asked for a special board meeting so that the matter could be addressed as soon as possible, but O'Laughlin said there was no need for that.

"If they have a good idea,"we'll put some signs up," he said.

In other matters:

Glenn S. Hackett was officially named the voting representative of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on the bureau's executive board.

The bureau announced the 1991 state Women's Bowling Association tournament and convention will be held here. About 15,000 delegates and 2,000 teams are expected. The tourney will run from March through early June 1991. Officials say about $5 million will be pumped into the local economy from the keglers.

Hedria Lunken, daughter of the late Rabbi Samuel Porrath, accepted the bureau's Chairman's Award on behalf of her father. Rabbi Porrath died May 14.

The renovated and expanded Clarence Information Center opened last week. It is located off the westbound lane of the Thruway in Clarence. It served 200,000 visitors in 1988.

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