Traffic may flow a bit more smoothly this summer on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore.
The Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved plans to redefine the traffic pattern on the state-owned roadway in the village, including the addition of a turning lane in the heart of the business district.
“We had written to the DOT a year ago requesting the left-hand turn on Lincoln going northbound and some other traffic calming things to help calm the traffic and they came back with this plan, which was restriping, center turn lanes and other things,” said Mayor Patrick Mang, following the board’s business meeting Tuesday night.
At a public hearing last month, the proposal received unanimous support from business owners along Delaware Avenue.
The work, which will be done by the state Department of Transportation, calls for restriping the approximately one-mile stretch on Delaware Avenue in the village to clearly identify two 11-foot-wide travel lanes; a 12-foot, two-way, center turn lane; and two 8-foot parking lanes.
The road, officially known as State Route 384, was designed for one travel lane in each direction, but motorists often travel two abreast in the same direction.
The action taken Tuesday allows the state to proceed with the work which, according to a regional DOT official at last month’s public hearing, could begin as early as May.
The net effect of the restriping will be to encourage a more orderly flow of traffic, said Mang.
“It will be a little bit slower and add 16 seconds to your commute at peak times. It will give people an opportunity to make lefts into our municipal lots, and people will now be able to take their time and look at the new businesses that we have in Kenmore,” Mang said.
The restriping will not include separate bicycle lanes. Bicyclists will have to share the same lane as motorists, but “Share the Road” signs will be prominently featured.