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B'ville: Addressing potential Route 370 problems

Building a new bridge to access Cold-Springs Peninsula.

Widening Route 370 near Onondaga Lake Park.

If the traffic along the NYS Route 370 corridor from John Glenn Boulevard to NYS Route 631 (Baldwinsville Bypass) becomes too heavy, these could be the solutions the town of Lysander considers to alleviate congestion on the peninsula.

After receiving a $50,000 grant from the state of New York, the town has been studying how much traffic the peninsula can handle before another means of exiting it becomes necessary.

Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis said the issue was initially discussed when Melvin Farms on the Cold-Springs Peninsula sought to subsidize property to create 300 to 400 new homes. At that point, the town began to seriously consider the future of the peninsula and how to preserve the agricultural aspect while controlling sprawl developments.

"It's kind of like being on an island," Bullis said, adding that there is a high concentration of people on the peninsula with only three ways off -- the Belgium Bridge (Route 31), 690 bridge and the Route 370 bridge leading to John Glenn Boulevard.

With the development of The Timbers on the peninsula, that number will continue to grow.

"We have to find someway to deal with the additional traffic," Bullis said.

According to a town notice, the goals of the study include:

Identifying land use/development controls used during the subdivision process to minimize impacts on the corridor.

Identifying the cumulative impact of potential Cold Springs peninsula build-out on the NYS Route 370 corridor.

Determining if the Hicks/Hayes/NYS Route 370 and the River Road/NYS Route 370 intersections will continue to function in a safe and efficient manner.

Determining if there is a current/future need for any dedicated turn lanes or deceleration lanes at major intersections.

Determining if there are other improvements that can/should be made to mitigate impacts from development.

Ultimately, the town's aim is to protect the safety and economic vitality of the area, while preserving the mobility and flow of traffic on NYS Route 370 and minimizing costly economic and transportation problems in the future.

There will be a public presentation regarding the NYS Route 370 corridor management plan at 7 p.m. Monday June 9, during the town board meeting held at the town hall, 8220 Loop Road in Radisson.

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