TUPPER LAKE - The state Department of Transportation is set to host a day of information meetings and a hearing Wednesday to give information and hear the public's input on reconstructing a main intersection in the village.
DOT representatives are set to give talks on the options for the intersection of state Routes 3 and 30, on Park Street in front of Stewart's Shop, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and then again from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library at 41 Lake St. A formal hearing is set for 6:30 p.m.
DOT representatives will present information about proposed highway design alternatives. The alternatives, which consider using a new alignment or existing streets, will both include reconstruction of Wawbeek, Park and Mill streets in the village.
DOT wants to fix the way traffic flows between Wawbeek Avenue (state Route 30) and Demars Boulevard (state Route 3). Its initial plan was to remake the intersection at Park and Mill streets with either a roundabout or a large T-intersection. DOT officials are calling that the "new alignment alternative."
But after some concerns were raised about that plan, they created the "existing streets alternative," in which they would still redo the state Route 3 and 30 sections of Park Street and Wawbeek Avenue but would leave trucks to travel down Wawbeek and Lake Street.
The existing streets alternative could cost the village $1 million and wouldn't be eligible for federal help, DOT representatives told village officials in May.
But the new alignment could shut down Day Wholesale, a business near the intersection that has a significant amount of truck traffic in its parking lot, part of which would need to be taken for the new intersection. DOT representatives have said the state would need to pay for Peter Day to relocate his business, since the change would have such a big impact on it.
The purpose of this meeting is to present the latest information about the project and to obtain comments from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies. The DOT is specifically soliciting comments on the proposed project's social, economic and environmental effects.
The DOT asks that members of the public notify it if a sign language interpreter, assistive listening system or any other accommodations will be required to facilitate your participation.
People who are not able to attend the sessions can obtain project information or submit comments by writing to Robert H. Curtis, P.E., Regional Design Engineer, NYS Department of Transportation, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.