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SHERIDAN DRIVE PLANS AIRED IN CLARENCE DOT PLANS RECONSTRUCTION START FOR SUMMER OF '96

Plans for the next leg of a rebuilt Sheridan Drive in Amherst and Clarence were aired Wednesday night at a Clarence Town Board meeting.

The state Department of Transportation has circled the summer of 1996 on its calendar to start a $5.6 million widening and reconstruction project, starting 700 feet west of Transit Road in Amherst and stopping 400 feet short of the Main Street-Sheridan intersection in Clarence.

The job is scheduled to take two construction seasons and will be totally state financed, said George A. Greenslade, regional design engineer for the DOT.

The Clarence phase of the project will pick up where an ongoing DOT project in Amherst leaves off, rebuilding the major state roadway another 2.8 miles east to Route 5 in the heart of Clarence, Greenslade told the Town Board.

The Main-Sheridan intersection in Clarence will be included in a future project to improve Main Street, or Route 5, all the way to the Genesee County line, Greenslade said. That project is still in the design phase, he said.

Features of next year's Transit-to-Main phase on Sheridan include a new bridge over Transit on the Amherst-Clarence border and the continuation of sidewalks along Sheridan from Amherst to the north entrance of Eastern Hills Mall.

In the Transit-Eastern Hills Mall area, the 64-foot-wide road will be widened to 70 to 80 feet, with median left-turn lanes, DOT representatives told the board and a handful of residents at an informational meeting.

From the mall entrance east to Main, the four 10-foot-wide driving lanes and one- to four-foot gravel shoulders will be become 11-foot driving lanes with six-foot paved shoulders.

The job also includes the reconstruction of ramps at Sheridan and Transit. The existing drainage system along the entire stretch of road "will be maintained as much as possible," Greenslade said.

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during construction. State engineers said there have been no major improvements on Sheridan since its construction in 1924. The deteriorating condition of the pavement is placing inordinate demands on the resources of maintenance crews, they said.

Trees in the right of way that are removed will be replaced, the DOT delegation said.

In other business, the Town Board approved the rezoning of land and final plans for 38 large lots in the Manchester Park subdivision off County Road, east of Stahley Road.

Also approved were plans for the 51-lot Hidden Pond subdivision, a 27-lot extension of the Spaulding Lake subdivision, and a 640-foot extension of West Boncrest Drive for construction of four homes.

The board also approved using $72,400 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to make Clarence Town Hall, the swimming pool at the town park in Clarence Center, and the Water Department building accessible to the disabled.

Public hearings were set for April 26 on proposals to create two new sanitary sewer districts -- District 7 to serve the Fox Trace subdivision and District 6 in an area generally encompassing Clarence Center, Heise, Newhouse, Thompson and Roll roads.

The board referred to the town Planning Board plans by Tunney Electric for a 5,376-square-foot office and warehouse building on Roll, just east of Harris Hill Road.

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