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A traffic study set to begin this week near the proposed Grand Island site of a Wilson Farms convenience store and gas station could face some changes, town officials said Monday.

According to correspondence between the Erie County Highway Department and the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council, 24-hour traffic counters would be in place Friday through Monday at five locations near Stony Point and Ransom roads.

Kim Tetreault, a leader of the Concerned Citizens of Grand Island, suggested that the four-day study be delayed for one day to better gauge traffic around the site on days closer to the "middle of the week."

"Our group is worried having the traffic count done on a Friday because it's not typically good for traffic -- it's a light day. Most people, when they take off from work, do so on Friday or Monday," Tetreault said, suggesting that the study be conducted Saturday through Tuesday.

In a work session that followed Monday's regular Town Board meeting, Supervisor Peter A. McMahon said he was not sure shifting the dates would be feasible, but would try to find out today.

The Town Board has said the study must be conducted while nearby Grand Island High School, Middle School and continuing education programs are in session.

The study, paid for by Erie County, will seek to verify the peak hours and total traffic near the intersection.

Developers maintain that such studies already have been conducted and contend that the new latest study only will cause further delays.


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