Crews expect to start construction later this week on the state Department of Transportation's planned "road diet" for South Union Road in Amherst and Williamsville, one of several road projects beginning or expanding now.
The South Union project restripes a section of the street between Wehrle Drive and Main Street to reduce the road from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction, plus a median turning lane.
Some residents opposed the proposed changes to South Union, but proponents say such redesigns lead to fewer crashes, reduced speeds and other benefits.
Crews also will mill and pave, install new drainage and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk ramps and put in a rapid-flash pedestrian beacon on South Union just south of the village line, according to Williamsville officials. The DOT expects the milling and paving portion to begin later this month, with all work to finish around Nov. 1.
Also, overnight work began last week, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., on the next phase of the Picture Main Street project. This includes milling, installing traffic signal loop detectors and setting manholes to grade to prepare for the repaving of Main Street in the town and village.
Milling and paving will take place on Main between the Youngmann Memorial Highway ramps to near Williamsville South High School.
During this portion of the project, state transportation officials warn drivers to expect to encounter a number of dump trucks, utility trucks and other equipment on the road. Workers will direct traffic with orange flags.
Construction still is continuing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. – with lane closures in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays – on sidewalk installation and other Picture Main Street work that began earlier this year. The full project, including installation of a pedestrian-activated HAWK signal in front of the Williamsville Public Library, is set to wrap up by Oct. 30.
And work will start soon on a four-week, $372,000 project to mill and overlay Garrison Road from Willowbrook Drive to 100 feet of Main.
Crews will install sidewalk curb cuts, put in flashing pedestrian beacons at Park Drive and realign the crosswalk there. Afterward, Erie County will turn over ownership of Garrison to the village.
Village officials remind motorists to use caution and to obey posted speed limits when traveling through construction zones, particularly now that school is back in session.