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PANEL BACKS LEFT TURN FOR SUNSET TRAFFIC TO UNION

The Cheektowaga Traffic Safety Commission has recommended that Sunset Road residents be allowed to turn left onto Union Road at certain times of the day.

Richard Zynda, chairman of the commission, sent a letter to the state Department of Transportation recommending that no left turns be allowed from the dead-end street from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

"It made the most sense," said Council Member Thomas M. Johnson Jr., who is the Town Board liaison to the Traffic Safety Commission. "I knew the state was not about to do another signal."

Residents complained earlier this month that new restrictions prohibited them from turning left. The situation arose when the $3.3 million reconstruction of the Union-William-Losson roads intersection was finished earlier this month. That is when the state Department of Transportation erected the no-left-turn sign at the end of Sunset. The only legal option for residents to leave the street is to turn right onto Union Road.

Velma Young, who lives on the corner of Sunset and Union, said she has seen a number of motorists turning left since the sign was erected.

Restricting the left turns during the morning and afternoon rush hours, Monday through Friday, is a start, some residents say.

"That's better than it is now," Young said. "The supper hour and early in the morning, it's rough. It's always been a busy street."

But residents still would like a traffic signal that is activated by a motorist on Sunset. They think that it also would be safer on Union Road for those making a left turn from Union onto Sunset. They say motorists on Union Road are not on the lookout for cars turning left onto Sunset but would be more aware of the side street if a traffic signal were there.

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