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Thruway Authority surveying yards to build fence

The Thruway Authority is surveying yards along the William Street off-ramp in Cheektowaga, in advance of erecting a 10-foot fence.

The authority agreed in December to erect the fence between the ramp and homes on Jane and Ceil drives. The wooden fence will act as a visual barrier and not as a noise management device, Council Member Thomas M. Johnson Jr. said.

Residents complained last fall when the Thruway Authority widened the eastbound off-ramp from two lanes to three lanes to ease backups on the Thruway. Residents said the authority had promised to erect sound barriers as it completed major work on the Thruway, but the authority had maintained the ramp widening was not a major project.

In a letter to Johnson, William G. Leslie, Buffalo division director for the Thruway, said the fence will be similar to a fence built at the westbound Angola service area about four years ago.

In the same letter, he stated the authority would have the right of way resurveyed, to "verify or refute" potential encroachments noted on construction drawings.

The fence is to be installed 6 inches to 12 inches inside residents' property lines, and it is to be maintained by residents. Johnson said the fence has a 15-year minimum life span.

The Thruway Authority will need permission from property owners to go on their property to build the fence.

"We also agreed we would assist the Thruway Authority in approaching property owners," Johnson said.

Johnson called the agreement a successful result of a meeting between the town, a representative of State Sen. William Stachowski and the Thruway Authority.


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