A large stretch of East Avenue in Brighton and Pittsford will be permanently reduced from four lanes to two.
Construction will begin next year between Clover Street and Route 31F.
News 8’s Jordan Guerrein found out the reason for the change and why not everyone is on board.
You can see East Avenue from John Stoffregen’s home Pittsford. On a busy road like that, traffic speed is just one of many concerns.
“The nature of the roads here are abysmal,” Stoffregen said. “They’re not maintained properly.”
State DOT spokesperson Lori Maher says that’s one of the reasons why they planned this work.
“We’re looking to resurface that to improve the condition of the pavement, but while we’re there we’re also looking to improve traffic flow for commuters,” said Maher.
Part of the project by DOT is improving safety, one way they’re going to try and do that: reducing lanes from four to two along this road.
It’s an attempt to reduce speeds of drivers along East Avenue. But neighbors like Michael Silber say the limited lanes will only cause more problems.
“It sometimes has bad traffic with four lanes,” said Silber. “I can’t imagine how bad it’s going to be at times with two lanes. It makes no sense to me.”
Another concern from neighbors like Silber? Traffic during construction.
“Well we wouldn’t expect the road to be closed at all, but there would be lane closures,” said Maher. “We might use flaggers. We might do some of the work at night, on the weekends. That has yet to be determined.”
Stoffregen says he’s in support of the project, as long as the end result is an improvement.
“I would highly recommend that the state personnel do the extra diligence to ensure that it has some probability of success,” said Stoffregen.
Though we’ll see for ourselves when construction begins next summer.