DOT to hold meetings about safety improvements to Route 481 intersections

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold an open house meeting Tuesday, June 12, regarding safety improvements to three intersections along New York State Route 481 in Oswego County.

Two intersections are in the Town of Scriba: where Route 481 meets Churchill Road and where Route 481 meets County Route 57. The other intersection is in the Town of Volney, where Route 481 meets County Route 45.

The open house will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Volney Town Hall, located at 1445 County Route 6, Fulton.

Plans for the upcoming improvements will be available for review. Representatives from the DOT will attend to answer questions both before and after the presentation.

Four alternatives are currently being considered to improve safety at the Churchill Road and County Route 57 intersections with Route 481 in Scriba.

All of these alternatives would add left-turn lanes to accommodate vehicles turning from Route 481 onto either Churchill Road or County Route 57.

• The first alternative would add left-turn lanes without further changing the intersections.

• The second alternative would add the left-turn lanes and also realign the intersection of Route 481 and Churchill Road.

• The third alternative would add the left-turn lanes, but instead block access both to and from the west approach of Churchill Road.

• The fourth alternative would add the turning lanes and also block access to and from the west approach of Churchill Road.

This alternative would additionally realign the intersection of Route 481 with the east approach of Churchill Road.

Each of these alternatives will increase safety by improving sight distance and providing a safe place for vehicles to wait for an opportunity to make a left turn. Right-of-way acquisitions will be required for any of the alternatives.

The proposed alternative for the intersection of Route 481 with County Route 45 in Volney will fully realign County Route 45 as it meets the state route.

This alternative will improve safety by eliminating the skewed angle at which County Route 45 approaches this intersection from both the east and the west. The west approach to this intersection would be reconstructed under this alternative.

Additionally, the east approach will be rehabilitated to change the intersection alignment. Right-of-way acquisitions will be required to accommodate this alternative as well.

This information meeting is part of the continuing effort by the Department of Transportation to encourage public participation into the development of transportation projects.

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