Hamburg, the village that pioneered roundabouts in Western New York, is hoping to keep its quest for another roundabout alive.
The village is applying for a state grant to help pay for the cost of designing a roundabout at Lake Street where it intersects with Main Street and Pierce Avenue.
"Our chances of getting it this year probably would not be the greatest," Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. admitted.
But he revealed the village's strategy is to keep the proposed project in front of state officials: "The more we keep it up there the better off we will be down the road," he said.
He said it's not known whether a single or a double lane round about will be needed; it depends on the amount of traffic from traffic counts.
When New York State was considering reconstructing Main Street (Route 62) in 2003, the village officially endorsed roundabouts as part of the $23 million project. There was a lot of opposition at the time, but the plan went forward. Moses, who was not mayor at the time, said he was one of those who did not want the roundabouts, but now he's glad they went in.
One reason a roundabout was not installed at Main and Lake 13 years ago is lack of money. Acquiring the necessary property at the intersection would have increased the cost of the project, and there was not enough money to pay for it at the time.
The village's comprehensive plan identifies the Lake Street corridor as one of the focus areas and considers Lake a “weak” gateway to the village that has a “hostile pedestrian environment.” A roundabout, village leaders believe, will increase pedestrian access and improve the street.