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February 24, 2013

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Tonawanda News — Bolt said he talked to many owners and managers of businesses on the newly revamped Delaware Avenue that all have had angry customers that received tickets while trying to get to the free parking lot. 

The shared turning lane will also make it easier for drivers to make a left on to Delaware from the side streets, as drivers will only have to wait for traffic to clear on their side of the road before entering what many call the “suicide lane.”

“It will be better for residents,” Bolt said.

The business owners are all for the changes, and Sinatra, Brian Higgins and Mark Grisanti have written letters of support for the restriping. 

Some parking on Delaware will be lost at the north and south end of the village to account for the transition from two lanes to one, but Kaminski said the loss of parking will be minimal.

A hearing on the proposed changes was held Tuesday night, and the board will have to pass a resolution approving the restriping before the DOT makes the changes. 

Mang said the resolution should be presented sometime in March, and Kaminski said that as soon as that happens, the DOT is ready to go.

If there are any problems or the village isn’t happy with the results, the DOT could reverse the changes during a scheduled repaving of Delaware in the summer of 2014. 

“It’s good to do it this way because it gives us the flexibility to change it,” Kaminski said. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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