WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Main Street in Williamsville is notorious for traffic congestion, which is something the village wants to change to make safer and friendlier for pedestrians.
Williamsville businesses and elected officials have been urging state transportation officials for years, to turn back the clock along Main Street to make it more pedestrian friendly.
Five lanes of traffic and, for some even six lanes, can be intimidating to people traveling by foot. The Mayor of Williamsville Brian Kulpa said, "I think it was a matter of the village saying yeah it's a state road, but it runs through our heart. We need to change it for our own sake, our businesses sake, [and] our residents' sake."
Plans are now underway to slow down the busy roadway.
Village officials are holding 'Picture Main Street' to boost those plans. On Saturday, Main St. between Mill and Cayuga was closed-off, for a block party to celebrate improvement plans for the area. Some of the changes are already in place to bring back pedestrians to Main Street.
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One improvement includes, an old driveway next to a library was turned into an oasis of green space."Were also hoping for some porch swings, [and] some comfortable seating. The library will bring out some rolling book carts with some reading material so people can just pick up and read in the shade," said landscape architect Joy Kuebler.
Slowing down Main Street seems like a good idea, but there are some people who have their doubts. "They're trying to do it like East Aurora, Hamburg and the City of Tonawanda, trying to make it more pedestrian friendly, but the traffic is just unbelievable here. I don't know how they're going to do it," said East Amherst resident Doug Marshall.
The block party runs until 9 p.m. tonight featuring food and drink, music, dancing, chalk, bubbles, hockey, balloons for the kids, classic cars, Irish dancers and much more.
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