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Authority to erect Thruway ramp fence Ceil Drive resident delighted by prospect

The Thruway Authority has agreed to erect a 10-foot-high fence along the William Street exit ramp behind Ceil and Jane drives in Cheektowaga.

The agreement was reached Monday at a meeting among Thruway Authority officials, Council Member Thomas M. Johnson Jr., the town engineer and several staff members and a representative of State Sen. William T. Stachowski, D-Buffalo.

The fence, expected to be erected this spring, will be about 1,100 feet long.

Johnson said he did not have all the details and is waiting for a letter from Thruway Regional Director William Leslie.

Ceil Drive resident James Didas said he was excited when he heard the news. Didas has written many letters over the years about the Thruway, which is to the rear of his yard.

"What a great day!," he wrote in an e-mail.

Residents and elected officials said the Thruway Authority had promised to erect sound barriers as it completed major work along the expressway, and Didas and his neighbors were waiting for barriers after the William Street exit ramp was widened from two to three lanes this fall.

But an authority spokeswoman said the project did not qualify for sound barriers because it was minor in scope and did not increase the number of through lanes.

The Thruway has agreed to erect a 10-foot-high wooden stockade fence along the perimeter of the property line where the exit was widened, Stachowski announced Wednesday.

"This fence will clearly help these homeowners with their noise problems and will eliminate the 'visual pollution' that this traffic has created," he said.

Stachowski said the fence would be placed on residents' property and each homeowner would have to maintain the fence in their yard.

Didas had questions about the placement of the fence and suggested the Thruway take down the existing chain-link fence and put the new fence in its place.

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