EVANS - New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Regional Director Darrell Kaminski recently announced that the lane configuration on Route 5 will be modified between Bennett Road/Eden Evans Center Road and Sturgeon Point Road in the town of Evans as part of a pavement resurfacing project beginning on Oct. 1.
"The State Department of Transportation continues to improve our transportation infrastructure for the traveling public," Acting Regional Director Darrell Kaminski said. "The new lane configurations and wider shoulders on Route 5 in Evans will improve traffic flow and enhance safety for all the motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that travel this busy highway."
Route 5 will be resurfaced approximately 3 miles from Beach Road to Sturgeon Point Road. As part of this work, the existing four-lane section of Route 5 between Bennett Road/Eden Evans Center Road and Sturgeon Point Road will be re-striped to provide a three-lane section.
The lane configurations include one travel lane in each direction, with a continuous, dedicated two-way center left turn lane, and wider paved shoulders. The lane configurations at the signalized intersections with auxiliary turn lanes will not be changed.
The section of Route 5 from Eden Evens Center Road to Beach Road will remain five lanes.
The center left turn lane is being added in an effort to ease left hand turns and reduce rear-end vehicle crashes.
The wider shoulders will provide a safer environment for bicyclists and disabled vehicles.
The road resurfacing project, which will include the new lane configurations, is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.