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Council member offers praise for medians

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford A median on Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk, shown Wednesday morning, with newly added flowers, trees and shrubbery.

Workers were installing plantings in new medians on Dunkirk’s Lake Shore Drive Wednesday, a day after a city council member defended the additions.

“I wanted to talk about the benefits of the medians because people are consistently asking and wondering about the new medians,” Natalie Luczkowiak said at this week’s Common Council meeting.

“In addition to the obvious pedestrian safety, especially in that area with the Pier and Memorial Park, the medians will reduce motor vehicle crashes, decrease delays for motorists… increase capacity of roadways (and) reduce vehicle speeds,” Luczkowiak said. “These benefits are proven safety measures which will facilitate calmer and easier traffic flow.”

Finishing touches on the medians started Wednesday. Workers planted trees, grass, flowers and shrubs. There were also some plantings near both sides of the roadway.

The medians are part of a Complete Streets project that revamped Lake Shore Drive this summer. Complete Streets is a state-backed program that strives to increase consideration for pedestrians and cyclists in road planning.

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