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The state Department of Transportation will re-stripe a three-mile section of Route 5 in Evans in an effort to improve traffic safety.
As part of plans to repave the roadway, between Sturgeon Point Road and Bennett-Eden Evans Center Road, the DOT also will re-stripe this four-lane stretch into three lanes, state officials said Tuesday.
Instead of two lanes in each direction, this part of Route 5 will have one travel lane in each direction, a center turning lane and wider paved shoulders, said Charlie Morgante, regional director of operations for the DOT.
The modifications will maintain traffic flow. Adding a center lane will ease left turns and reduce rear-end crashes, Morgante said.
"We took a look at it, and the type of accidents we're having at that segment of roadway are rear-end accidents," Morgante said. "It's not a large number, but that's the prevailing type of accident on this roadway."
Wider paved shoulders also should make it safer for bicyclists, mail trucks and disabled vehicles, he added.
The state is looking to do the same type of reconfiguration during future projects along Route 5, Morgante said.
No changes, however, will be made at intersections along this stretch where there are traffic signals and auxiliary turn lanes, state officials said.
Also, the section of Route 5 between Eden Evans Center Road to Beach Road will remain five lanes.
The repaving and re-striping is scheduled to begin Oct. 1, but work could start as soon as this week, Morgante said.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

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