JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Construction on a major Jamestown throughway is almost complete, we talk to officials about Washington Street’s transformation.
Over four million dollars from state and federal funds was allocated to rebuild the thoroughfare.
The project was put on hold last year, with the contractors leaving mid construction.
Now, crews are on the verge of finishing painting traffic lines and a noticeable change has occurred. The roadway has transformed from a four lane traffic pattern, to a two lane with a central turning lane.
Crews have also introduced five foot bike lanes on both sides of the thoroughfare to extend the buffer between traffic and pedestrians.
“The state did a study, and they decided that, being no buffer zone with the four lane,” explained Public Works Chair Randy Daversa. “The buffer zone is the curbing, and with pedestrians walking, it was too dangerous and there was too many accidents on record. So they wanted to bring it in a little bit, and it’s going to be a safer road to drive on, and that was their main objective to this”.
While the Public Works Chair says traffic will increase for the area, but it is worth it for safety.
This traffic pattern will match what crews did to Fluvanna Avenue years ago.