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River Street in B'ville to become one-way

On Monday June 25, a one-way street sign will be erected on River Street in the village of Baldwinsville no longer allowing traffic to flow eastward on the riverside road.

The change is being made to increase safety and allow space for a river walk that will connect the village, near Route 48, to Mercer Park. Traffic will flow from the Cottage Restaurant to Mercer Park.

The concept for the connecting trail was a direct result of the overall village plan designed by Environmental Design and Research.

"This is a recommendation from the EDR study," said Mayor Joe Saraceni. "We are using the EDR plan as a tool to guide development in key areas including River Street."

Mace Markham of the Baldwinsville Highway Department said the river walk will create a safer street, provide safe public access to the waterfront and will aesthetically beautify the area. He added that the river walk will provide access to the park from public parking spaces behind the Cottage Restaurant.

"It used to be hard for pedestrians to move from one venue to another," Markham said. "The river walk will be a tool used to move people from Mercer Park to the downtown area and keep them in a much safer walking area.

The village received a community development grant worth $90,000 to construct and illuminate the walkway. To facilitate putting the walkway in on the narrow street, the village board made the decision to turn the two-way street into a one-way street.

"The walkway will be an extremely nice addition to the trail system in the village," Markham said.

Village officials plan to break ground on the walk in mid September.

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