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BOND ACT OFFERS HOPE ON TOWN TIE-UPS

Motorists tired of bottlenecks in Cheektowaga's William Street/Union Road/Losson Road commuter corridor have a stake in the state Transportation Infrastructure Bond Act, which goes before voters in November, officials say. The $3.8 billion bond issue -- the largest in state history -- includes $500,000 for planning a Thruway exit at Broadway, announced Assemblyman Paul A. Tokasz, D-Cheektowaga.

Studies show that the new interchange would take a big load off the William-Union-Losson corridor -- used by thousands of motorists traveling between Buffalo and the eastern suburbs of Cheektowaga and Lancaster each day -- by providing a more direct east-west route, Tokasz said.

In June, the Cheektowaga Town Board asked regional and state agencies to work toward a Broadway interchange project, using $3.5 million in federal transportation funds already allocated to the town to relieve congestion along the William-Union-Losson route.

If approved by the state's voters, the Bond Act would be pooled with funds already in place to create a five-year, $34.2 billion transportation program for mass-transportation projects in New York City and its suburbs and improvements to roads, bridges and the state canal system, according to the state DOT.

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