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2018-09-13 / Front Page

Broadway at Transit to close this weekend


Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, construction on a water main line will have Broadway closed between Bellevue Avenue and Transit Road, while Transit will be brought down to one lane in each direction, Depew Police Chief Stan Carwile told officials in a Village Board work session on Monday.

The roadway is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

“Five years ago, there was a water main break there, and the [state Department of Transportation] has determined that it needs to be addressed again, so they were going to break up the street there at the northwest corner to replace the water main,” added Carwile.

“It has nothing to do with the Transit Road project. This has been on the table for a couple years now; they’ve just come up with funding for it.”

Work is not part of a DOT project, instead being done under the Erie County Water Authority with a permit, according to Susan Surdej, regional public information officer for the NYSDOT.

Detours will be going from Borden Road to Como Park Boulevard or A Street to Terrace Boulevard for eastbound drivers, and Penora Street to Como Park or Terrace boulevards for those headed west.

Carwile has notified his department, and Depew’s dispatch team will contact Cheektowaga and Lancaster police departments, as well as Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the chief said.

Officials spoke of monitoring Bloomfield Avenue for people trying to avoid traffic backup. The street is notorious for accidents due to poor visibility at intersections.

Those headed to the pro football game this weekend are urged to avoid Transit near the Broadway intersection as well and take Borden or Aurora Street until further south.

“It’s a game-day weekend. A lot of people use Transit Road to get to games,” added Carwile.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit www.511ny.org.  Find NYSDOT on the web at www.dot.ny.gov, and on Twitter at @NYSDOTBuffalo.

The board also approved three resolutions regarding property remediation in the village at Monday night’s meeting.

The first property listed was 61 Suffield Ave. Multiple maintenance issues, including a sinkhole in the front yard, overgrown weeds and grass, were noted.

The second property, located at 73 Main St., was considered an “unsecure and unsanitary vacant structure,” according to the resolution. Doors and windows at ground level for the property will be boarded up, Fischione said.

“It’s a vacant building out there that actually sold at last year’s tax auction,” said Fischione about 73 Main.

“Apparently, the guy has it up for sale, because I’ve had a couple real estate agents call me on it, but obviously they can’t seem to lock those doors, so we might as well board them up before somebody gets hurt.”

The third house on the list, currently in the process of foreclosure, has overgrown bushes that obstruct vision of those turning from Bryant Street. All property owners did not respond to Fischione, despite violation letters sent July 24.

In another matter, a public hearing regarding federal Community Development Block Grant funds was set for the Oct. 9 meeting, for any residents wishing to discuss possible projects to benefit low- and moderate-income community members residing on the Lancaster side of Depew. Residents can submit requests ahead of time or simply speak at the public hearing.

The next Depew Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at 85 Manitou St. in Depew.

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