The Town Board Monday night accepted the "Maziarz Compromise" so that Lower River Road can be repaved before the year ends and before the state withdraws money for the project.
State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-North Tonawanda, met with members of the committee calling itself Citizens for a Safe and Scenic River Road last Wednesday, asking them to compromise and form a committee to solve the problem of the controversial pedestrian path along the road.
His solution, which was agreed to by most at the meeting, was that the pathway would be put on hold while the reconstruction of the road would be done this year.
The state Department of Transportation had agreed to the compromise, as had the Porter Town Board, the county Public Works Department, the Youngstown Village Board, the Citizens for a Safe and Scenic River Road and the River Road Residents Association.
"It doesn't mean the path doesn't go in. It doesn't mean the path does go in," said William R. Angus, president of the Citizens for a Safe and Scenic River Road. He said he was glad to see that the road was going to be reconstructed because of the all potholes.
The road will be reconstructed with 4-foot shoulders.
The original DOT plans for the project were for 6-foot shoulders. Residents along the road had requested 2-foot shoulders.
The Town Board will send letters to Maziarz, County Legislator Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville, and county Public Works Commissioner Dorson R. Wilson to show its support.