Victor considers input to improve traffic along Route 96

August 03, 2017 11:48 PM

It's been a complaint for years: Traffic congestion in the Town of Victor especially once you get to the village on Route 96.

The town has secured a grant to study the problem and come up with solutions. Thursday night, residents got the opportunity to weigh in at an informal workshop.

"No way in or out… usually."

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”It stinks. I hate it. This road could a little wider.”

"Sometimes it really backs up my schedule."

"You have to wait for the red light to change and hope somebody will let you out."

This is some of what you will hear from people who regularly travel Route 96 through the town and village of Victor.

"Our primary purpose of tonight’s meeting is to listen to the residents and business owners concerns and potential solutions for the Route 96 corridor," Katie Evans, director of development, planning, and building.

Town officials didn’t think they could get that with people speaking into a mic at a podium. So they set up these informal stations where people could leave their thoughts and ideas. Valerie Baldess has several, including left turn lanes with signals, electronic signs letting you know how long the commute through the village will take and an alternate route for through traffic.

"Most importantly let’s be able to use our streets, let's be able to walk safely and let’s have the town we all know it can be," says Baldess.

"I don't see that much of a problem until the rush hours," says Lew Litzenberger, Victor resident.

Litzenberger has lived in Victor for 45 years. He says traffic concerns have plagued the village for decades and says people use his street to bypass the congestion and they speed.

"Open up the Thruway from Victor exit to Canandaigua exit, free toll for anybody who doesn’t want to go through Victor, they go around," he adds.

Town leaders will use all of these suggestions to come up with their recommendations. They will also study environmental impacts and hold another public meeting, with the hope of finalizing this study by spring.


Lynette Adams

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