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Madigan asks for notice of cancellation of West River Trail project

Fri, Jul 21st 2017 04:50 pm
Grand Island Councilman Mike Madigan has asked the state for "official verification of the apparent project cancellation" for the West River Connector Trail.
In a letter July 19 to Mark Thomas, Western Region director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Madigan asked for confirmation "that the parkway closure plan has been cancelled. The lack of any response or action by you or the state to address the Town of Grand Island and its residents' serious safety concerns, after committing to do so at the November 2016 meeting (no traffic calming plans or plan of any form has been provided as committed) supports the conclusion that this project has been cancelled."
Madigan said the Grand Island Town Board rejected the parkway closure plan Aug. 1, 2016, due to what he called "serious safety concerns impacting the hundreds of residents located along Whitehaven, Staley, Bedell, Love, Fix and Bush roads as well as the West River service road."
Madigan said Thomas committed to working with the town develop alternative traffic-calming plans to address safety, but that Thomas' "refusal to meet with members of the Town Board and lack of any action in developing the plan to address these serious safety concerns strongly supports that the project is cancelled."
Madigan asked Thomas for notice "so we can formally close the contract and the project, and inform the residents of this cancellation."

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