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Village of Lancaster embarks on $380,000 sidewalk safety project

Lancaster village residents soon will be walking proud on safer sidewalks, thanks to a $380,000 federal grant that will help improve visibility and traffic signals at intersections, said Mayor William C. Schroeder.

The contract has been awarded to Occhino Paving Corp. of West Seneca, one of two companies that bid on the project.

Funding for the Transportation Alternatives Project was awarded in spring 2015, and will hopefully make village streets safer and more walkable, said Michael Stegmeier, village clerk.

The new sidewalks will start at Lancaster Middle School on Aurora Street and continue north to Pleasant Avenue West, and then proceed along Central Avenue to Brady Avenue, said Schroeder.

Each street corner will accommodate wheelchairs, scooters and bicycles. In addition, there will be solar-powered speed indicators stationed along the route.

Work is expected to begin sometime after July 4, said Schroeder.

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