Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor - What to expect in 2013

— The village plans to install pilings along the canal and Marble Street to allow more places for boats to tie up and the Lock Street rain garden project is also scheduled for this year – a two-way boulevard with a special garden between oncoming traffic developed to capture run-off rainfall and prevent it from draining into the river.

Joe added that Sen. Schumer secured federal monies for the greater Baldwinsville area to purchase signage encouraging truckers to get off at Hencle Blvd rather than Van Buren Road. He said the signage would be placed at the Thruway exit to 690 North and between the Thruway and Van Buren Road.

“Oftentimes the drivers are following their GPS system,” Joe said, explaining why they get off Van Buren Road then travel North along 48 to turn right onto Route 31. Through cooperation with Gypsum and Budweiser, as well as truckers talking to each other, truck traffic has decreased through the village. However, some truckers just don’t know and the signage will make them aware of the preferred truck route.

“When you have an alternative specifically designed for truck drivers, we should encourage them to use it – the truck drivers don’t want to go through the village,” Joe said.

Joe said also wants to install sign at four corners encouraging truckers to use Route 48 or Route 370 West rather than Route 31 East.

To commemorate the completion of many village projects, Joe said the village plans to hold ribbon cutting ceremonies at several sites including the new bathrooms at Lion’s Community Park and the SSE trail. This will coincide with the village’s 165th anniversary.

“It should be an exciting year,” Joe said.

Claude added that the town would continue rain and drainage work in the Seneca Knolls development this year, but also noted the village and town were collaborating on several future pedestrian safety projects including adding 150 feet of sidewalk to Route 48 and Syracuse Street and connecting the village to River Mall by sidewalk along Downer Street.

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