Updated: January 22, 2020 11:39 PM
Created: January 22, 2020 11:32 PM
KENDALL, N.Y. (WHEC) — A new effort to improve a local highway is in the beginning stages.
On Wednesday night, Orleans County leaders, and organizers with the Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) unveiled four unique improvement plans for a 12.7-mile stretch of the Lake Ontario State Parkway.
The stretch is part of the parkway’s westernmost section, which runs from the Orleans County line near Kendall through the town of Carlton.
The notorious stretch of road has been followed by News10NBC over the years as locals detailed frustrations over the bumpy conditions.
The four plans, which were developed over the course of a three-year study conducted by the GTC, include simple paving improvements, to the removal of the two westbound lanes. The eastbound lanes would then become a split lane.
In 2019, the New York State Department of Transportation completed paving on this portion of the parkway, among other sections.
Locals told News10NBC they were pleased with the current state of the parkway, while some people shared excitement over some proposed improvement.
Others, were not as supportive.
“Let’s just keep what we have, and get people out here to experience our great country out here, instead of trying to figure out how to waste more money.” Kendall native Michelle Ramsdell said.
Orleans County Legislator Mike DeRoller says he agrees the current conditions are a step up from the past, but shared optimism over the proposed improvements.
“[The parkway] has historic meaning to us, so we’re really passionate about making sure we make the right decisions,” DeRoller said. “So we’re in the room talking to the experts, hoping to come out with the right plan.”
Even with plans on paper, we’re told work may not start for at least another decade.
According to GTC Executive Director James Stack, there are still many more discussions down the road.
The group will plan to meet sometime in the spring, and then from there, a public meeting will be held before any final decisions are made.
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