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State Department of Transportation engineers are designing a $1.5 million improvement plan to relieve congestion along the heavily traveled William Street-Union Road-Losson Road corridor in Cheektowaga.

The preliminary design will involve adding a second left-turn lane on Union Road at Losson and a second left-turn lane on Union at William, according to David A. Laistner, senior design engineer.

"Right now there's a lot of cars turning there, and it's creating big traffic jams at certain times of the day," Laistner said.

The design will include adding a second right-turn lane on Losson at William and a second right-turn lane on William at Union, Laistner said.

The improvements, however, aren't expected until the summer of 2000. The state has to analyze the traffic conditions further and study the issue in greater detail before finishing the final design, Laistner said. A pubic hearing on the proposal also will be held at a date to be determined.

William Street residents have complained that the opening of the Thruway interchange at William Street and development in south Cheektowaga and Lancaster have led to more traffic in this corridor.

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