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Williamsville to receive $1.9 million for Main Street upgrades

Federal money continues to roll in for the Village of Williamsville and its plans to make busy Main Street more accommodating to both pedestrians and businesses.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday announced $1.9 million for Williamsville’s “Picture Main Street” initiative. It’s the third round of funding Schumer has secured for the project, bringing the pot of federal money to $5.2 million.

“This $1.9 million investment will help accomplish so many goals, from public safety to boosting local shopping and business to enhancing Williamsville’s ability to deal with snow and rain,” Schumer said in a prepared statement. “This project is a game changer for Williamsville.”

“Picture Main Street” calls for upgrades to the village core in an effort to “take back” the street from automobile traffic and make the village more walkable.

Plans include extending sidewalks at each intersection to prevent drivers from cutting off pedestrians; installing a new type of traffic signal activated by pedestrians crossing in the middle of a block; installing “refuge islands” in Main Street’s turning lanes for pedestrians to cross traffic; and lowering the speed limit to 30 mph from 40 mph in some places.

It also includes creation of a secondary business district off Main on East Spring Street, which received $800,000 in federal money through Schumer last year.