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Design firm chosen for Lancaster road project

The Village of Lancaster selected an Amherst engineering firm to design a $2.5 million extension of West Main Street, a critical step in the development of a long-dormant parcel downtown.

Trustees voted Monday to approve Wendel Co., one of three finalists. Wendel edged out LaBella engineers – authors of a $40,000 feasibility study commissioned in May 2017 to gauge public opinion on the downtown development – and Clark Patterson Lee.

Village officials expect roadwork to be completed by December 2020 to meet a state deadline, said Lynne T. Ruda, a village trustee who is chairwoman of the board’s economic development committee. "Our goal is to work through summer to have the plan finalized,” she said.

In addition, funding is also in place for another road project expected to enhance downtown traffic flow in the 11,000-resident village, Ruda said.

A $3.1 million federal grant will fund the construction of two roundabouts to help ease congestion at North Aurora and Pleasant avenues and at Pleasant and Central avenues, she said.

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