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Medina wants to slow down traffic on Maple Ridge Road

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 October 2016 at 8:56 am

Village also wants to route big trucks away from center of town

Photo by Tom Rivers: Mayor Mike Sidari said the village is reaching out to the DOT to reduce speed on Maple Ridge Road, and also to help route truck traffic to Salt Works Road and Bates Road on the edges of the village.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Mayor Mike Sidari said the village is reaching out to the DOT to reduce speed on Maple Ridge Road, and also to help route truck traffic to Salt Works Road and Bates Road on the edges of the village.

MEDINA – Village officials will ask the state Department of Transportation to lower the speed on Maple Ridge Road, which is becoming an increasingly busy commercial corridor.

The Village Board wants the speed lowered to 40 miles per hour from Sanderson Road (just east of Bates Road) through the village line just past the former Ames Plaza near Roberts Farm Market.

Mayor Michael Sidari said Maple Ridge is the scene of many serious accidents each year.

“I think we have good cause to bring it to the DOT,” Sidari said during Monday’s Village Board meeting.

Pride Pak will soon open on Maple Ridge, joining several other businesses. Sidari said there is also interest in a hotel next to Pride Pak.

In the past decade several new buildings have gone up on Maple Ridge, including Western New York Energy’s ethanol plant, Genesee Community College’s campus center, Tim Hortons, Dunkin’ Donuts, United Memorial Medical Center’s women’s health center, and Family Dollar. Tractor Supply, Mariachi de Oro, Takeform Architectural Graphics, Aldi Foods and other businesses have also opened on Maple Ridge.

Sidari has asked the Shelby Town Board, Ridgeway Town Board and Orleans County Legislature to support the speed reduction.

Ridgeway officials have already gone on the record supporting the move. Sidari said he expects Shelby will soon join the effort. Shelby may also have to join the village in formally asking the DOT to look at the speed reduction because Maple Ridge is in the town and village.

The village is also asking the DOT for permission to put signs on Maple Ridge Road directing tractor trailers to Salt Works Road for deliveries and pickups at Associated Brands and other businesses on Salt Works Road and Park Avenue.

The village also wants signs on the other end of Maple Ridge Ridge directing truck traffic to Bates Road, which has been upgraded to handle the heavier vehicles.

“We want to keep the trucks off the village streets,” Sidari said.

Trucks would still be allowed in the village for deliveries, but Sidari said the signs should shift some of the traffic to the edges of the village.

In other action at Monday’s Village Board meeting:

• Village trustees reported that MedEx, the Fire Department’s billing company, is reducing its rates from $36.75 per bill to $32.50, effective immediately and for 2017. MedEx handles about 2,000 bills annually for the Fire Department. Sidari said the change in rates will save the department about $8,000 a year.

• Appointed Bradley Lang as a full-time operator in the wastewater treatment plant. Lang recently passed the civil service test and is now a permanent employee.

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