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February 24, 2013

Rules ofthe road

Tonawanda News — KENMORE — In the village, there are two groups of people — those who drive on Delaware Avenue as if it’s one lane, and those who drive on it as if it’s two. 

The first plays it safe despite the extra pavement, while the second group often loses its lane to immobile, parked cars on the side of the road. 

But according to the state Department of Transportation, one of the groups is in the right. 

“It’s really striped as one lane, but people do drive it as two,” Darrell Kaminski, regional director of the state Department of Transportation said. 

Soon, the battle between swerving and maneuvering vehicles will be over, as the DOT is prepared to restripe a mile of the road in Kenmore and clearly delineate the rules of the road. 

“There will be the parking lanes, a middle, two-way turning lane and one lane in each direction,” Kaminski said. 

As a result of the two-way turning lane, drivers coming from Buffalo will now be able to make a left-hand turn onto Lincoln Boulevard.

The “no left hand turn” sign that sits at Lincoln is what inspired Mang to talk to the DOT months ago.

“It drove me nuts that we couldn’t make a left to access the municipal lot,” Mang said. “We have two new businesses, the jewelry store and the dance studio, and you can’t get to them unless you drive down to the next block.”

Mang also said he hopes the changes will slow down traffic and encourage drivers to take a look at the new businesses, many of which recently received a facelift thanks to Nick Sinatra’s work. 

An owner of one of those shops, Mike’s Subs, agreed with Mang. 

“What happens is that people see the businesses on the left...Mike’s, Fringe, Elliott Travel, Mia Dolcezza ... they see all that, and then they make a left, and they get a ticket,” Bolt said. “It’s the centerpiece of the issue.” 

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