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Amherst pushing for changes at The 290 and Main Street

Posted at 11:42 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 23:48:29-05

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Where The 290 and Main Street meet is one of the most traveled areas in Amherst. And in the relatively small area, there’s a lot going on.

There are six ways to get on to The 290 from Main Street. There are four ways to get off The 290 onto Main Street.

Walking over the bridge from Snyder to Williamsville is well...

“It’s really harrowing to try and walk across that,” said Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa.

According to Kulpa, the New York State Department of Transportation is looking at the area to make changes in the area. The Town of Amherst is trying to get the ball rolling on future plans.

“We think it could be a great piece to the overall Main Street puzzle to better conjoin Snyder and Williamsville,” said Kulpa.

This is what the town supervisor wants to see happen:

The southern on and off ramps would be eliminated. All traffic would exit or enter Main Street on the north side. There would be an additional traffic light on the east side of the bridge.

The town supervisor says this does a lot.

“Stop some of those fast moving vehicles from just entering Main Street traffic,” added Kulpa.

Kulpa said it would also make it much safer for people to walk between Snyder and Williamsville.
He also says there would be less merging traffic, making it safer for drivers too.

Nothing would happen anytime soon. The supervisor said 2024 is the earliest anything would happen.