Lisa Baker 0

Making I90 accessible to Lancaster and Clarence NY

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Anyone living East of Buffalo, between the Depew entrance of I-90 and the Pembroke entrance (a 16 mile stretch) understands the frustration of not having access to the thruway that cuts through our communities. Communities such as Lancaster, Clarence, Alden, and Newstead have no access to the thruway system that we fund with our tax dollars.

On a daily basis Transit road, Wherle, Genesee, Main Street, Gunnville, and Harris Hill, become completely congested with traffic that has been forced off the thruway before they actually reach their respective community.

I specifically want to address the communities of Lancaster and Clarence. Members of these communities could have their commute times significantly, by being able to access the I-90 in their respective town, instead of driving 5-10 miles away on roads that are already heavily trafficked, in order to gain access or exit, using the Transit Road entrance, which is the only entrance/exit for 16 miles.

I already contacted a local Legislator, he directed me to contact Senator Pat Gallivan and Assembleywoman Monica Wallace. My goal is to contact these representatives with signatures of people who support adding entrances to I-90 in between this long 16 mile stretch. There are only two other points on I-90 where there is a stretch this long with no access point. This system is just so outdated, and has not been expanded to include these growing communities.

This has been an issue for at least 15 years. It was studied that long ago, to add an entrance on Gunnville road near the Lancaster speedway. This would help relieve congestion and decrease commute times, in several of these communities, yet nothing ever happened. We've waited long enough for the State to address this problem.

I encourage people to please sign this petition so I can submit our signatures to the above representatives, to hopefully gain some movement at the State level, to create entrances for these communities.

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