F'ville: Fix congestion or keep village character

"We recognize anything we do is going to have an impact on the community," Flint said, adding the department wants to do things right with minimal upheaval.

One resident spoke out concerned that widening roads or adding lanes would only double traffic in the village.

"If you make it easier for traffic to come through the village, more cars will come," Trustee Mary Coleman agreed. "If you build it, they will come." People laughed as Coleman referenced a quote from a late '80s movie, "Field of Dreams," starring Kevin Costner.

Another concern was the potential impact on local businesses.

"The business community got decimated when DeWitt reconstructed," said Mayor Mark Olson. He also mentioned the firehouse uses the intersection on a daily basis. What would happen in an emergency during the construction phase?

Additionally, the village comprehensive plan has to take into account residents' desires to keep central Fayetteville and particularly its historical district pedestrian-friendly.

So what's next?

After the initial scope phase, which is where the project currently stands, there would be a design phase and then construction, tentatively set for 2012. Depending on the project scale, the final phase could last as long as two years.

"[The date is] a placeholder for now," said Flint, adding that more DOT projects with higher priority are being pushed back due to funding issues.

The NYSDOT will talk to the community at large within the next few months; a date is still undetermined.

"From the DOT perspective," Flint said. "We will make sure the public comments are heard before moving forward on any project."

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