Debate over how to solve traffic mess in Brighton

March 20, 2017 09:48 AM

We're taking a close look at an intersection that 10,000 of you drive through every day. It's only a couple of miles from the University of Rochester, which is our area's largest employer.

This is the crossing of Elmwood Avenue and Lac de Ville Boulevard in Brighton. A driveway to the Faith Temple Church is across from Lac de Ville, and that's what helps to create the issue. The street and the driveway are mis-aligned. Plus, there is no left turn lane in the middle of Elmwood.

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Ultimately, it means cars idle side-by-side, and compete to make opposite left turns from Elmwood.

"I have driven upon an accident that just recently occurred, and I've seen very near accidents at high speed," said Kevin Shanahan, who drives through this area every day.

Shanahan thinks something should be done. Monroe County transportation officials agree. They plan on widening Elmwood Avenue, and introducing a middle turn lane. They're also putting a traffic light in. The project will cost about $1 million. 

Shanahan is wondering if there is a less costly solution.

"If they just shift the entrance to the temple down to the east here on Elmwood, and make the front circle a one-way circle, then we eliminate the conflicting left-hand turns at the same location," he said.

In other words, Shanhan wants to make it illegal for drivers to make left-hand turns into the Faith Temple Church directly opposite Lac de Ville Blvd.

"That is not the accident-type that we saw that was a problem," explained Terry Rice, who is the Director of Transportation in Monroe County. "It was more the westbound left turn accidents with the eastbound vehicles, as well as the northbound Lac de Ville with the east-west vehicles."

Rice is saying the problem is with people turning left from Elmwood to Lac de Ville, not into Faith Temple.

"I'm not sure if the traffic light is necessarily a bad way to go," said Shanahan. "It just seems to me that they could try this adjustment to the entrance and it would be at minimal cost to the taxpayer."

The installation of the traffic light should be completed by Fall 2017.


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