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Digging Main Street

After seeing the success of the Main Street road construction in the University District, and the effect on the surrounding business community, it’s good to see the progress continue. I spoke to Councilman Mike Locurto about the continuation of the Main Street project (from Hertel to Morris and then on to Amherst Street) and he sounded pleased that the progress was underway. “They are not doing as many islands as the University District,” he told me. “But there will be a few, and it’s going to have the same look and feel. I think they did a good job in the University District. Construction will now go from Hertel to Amherst Street. This is the first phase starting with the West Side of the street and then work will continue back on the East Side. That project will be finished before the first of the year and then phase 2 will start from Amherst Street to the Scajaquada. It’s nice to see that it’s not just the typical paving of a street.
“As a side, Joe Golombek, David Rivera and I filed the Complete Streets legislation for the next council meeting. It will still have to go through additional approval processes, but it’s looking very good. That would require bike lanes for new street construction projects. And some existing projects would also get bike lanes. This was a policy that was we adopted and hope to see passed. Then it would be part of the charter. We should know in the next couple of weeks if it goes through. Even NYC does not have these codes and guidelines. It’s all about slowing traffic down, which is good for both residential and businesses alike.”

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