Updated 09/26/2012 04:54 PM
Public hearing for County Route 64 project
Drivers in Big Flats have been furious over the traffic problems on County Route 64, but plans are in the works to expand the two lane roadway and ease some of that congestion. YNN's Katie Husband has more on what developers are planning and how long the project could take.
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BIG FLATS, N.Y. -- Drivers who have sat through one of the heavily traveled areas in Big Flats showed up to the Arnot Mall's Community Room to hear the plan for their County Route 64.
"Really just to let them know where we are with the project and what the plan is," said Dennis Judson, project manager with Fisher Associates.
Currently, there's one lane in each direction and turning lanes into the plazas. The plan is to widen the route.
"To add another through lane in each direction. So essentially, you'll have a minimum of four lanes of roadway with turning lanes at the plaza entrances," said Judson.
The turning lanes will be at the Lowe's Plaza, Kohl's, Target and the highly-used driveways. Since 1973, this long-time business owner has seen the changes from the once farm road to today's congested mess.
"Twenty one thousand cars a day go through there and it's very busy. I've seen accidents, especially down in front of NYSEG," said Douglas Wells, president of Kitchen Specialty Craftsmen.
The developers from Fisher Associates have heard plenty of concerns like Wells' and plan to fix the issue.
"What this project will do is alleviate that congestion and allow people to get from one end to the other," said Judson.
Developers are now just waiting for the county to secure the $2.5 million before they break ground.
"Depending on the funding, the hope is to build this project in one season which would mean start in the spring and have it be done by Labor Day of next year," said Judson.
Until then, drivers better buckle up. It might be a bumpy ride.