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Lockport again considers South Transit medians

LOCKPORT – The Town of Lockport may apply for a $500,000 state grant that would pay for installing traffic medians on South Transit Road.

The medians along that section of Route 78 would be planted with trees and flowers, Supervisor Marc R. Smith said. This year, the town intends to plant some experimental beds of day lilies along some of the curbs in the commercial corridor to see how they survive the winter.

“The intent is not to make it look like Transit Road by Eastern Hills Mall,” Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said.

The town has been rejected in past requests for a state grant for medians north of Robinson Road, and the project, part of the Transit North corridor concept, has been scaled back somewhat, Smith said.

At the request of the state Department of Transportation, the southern end of the median strip has been moved farther away from the South Transit-Robinson intersection to avoid the need for more left turn lanes and road widening.

“We’re not changing the traffic markings,” Klavoon said. He said the medians would be built where the center turning lane now is located.

“The big effort we’re undertaking is the tree planting,” Smith said.

The grant application is due Aug. 16. Smith said the board needs to decide whether to apply and whether it will commit to paying a $100,000 local match. The rejected application last year sought 100 percent grant funding for the project.

The money sought is federal funding passed through Albany.

The current plan calls for five median strips, with the longest being 360 feet, beginning in front of the Fieldstone Restaurant and heading north.

There would be two 90-foot strips, north and south of Strauss Road; a 120-foot median north of Shimer Drive; and a 150-footer south of the Lockport Mall entrance.

On another topic, the board delayed action on committing to a townwide property reassessment after receiving an unexpected large quote for appraisal services from GAR Associates of Amherst.