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Lockport intersection project slated for 2017

LOCKPORT – The makeover of one of the Lockport area’s most problematic intersections is slated for the spring of 2017, Susan S. Surdej of the state Department of Transportation said at a public forum Wednesday in Town Hall.

Town Hall is located at the corner in question, where Beattie Avenue and Old Beattie, Robinson and Dysinger roads meet. The DOT plans to spend about $600,000 to widen the intersection for the benefit of northbound and southbound drivers. Today, northbound and southbound drivers making left turns share a lane with through traffic, often causing delays.

After the project, northbound drivers will have a left-turn lane, while those going straight or turning right will share a lane. Southbound traffic will have three lanes to choose from: left, straight and right.

Town Councilman Paul W. Siejak said he’d like to see a right-turn lane for northbound drivers. But Surdej said, “Our traffic counts don’t justify that.”

The project also will include about one-half mile of new sidewalk on the north side of Dysinger Road, from Beattie Avenue to Raymond Road, as well as a short sidewalk from Beattie to the Tim Hortons on Robinson Road. The new traffic signals will hang from metal mast arms instead of dangling from power lines, Surdej said.