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Accident rate may change Monroe Ave.

Brighton, N.Y. - We hear a lot of screeching out here, said Michael Ranalletta, General Manager of Brick restaurant on Monroe Ave. [We hear] a lot of tire screeching and we just wait to hear the crash.

Approximately 32,000 vehicles travel this stretch of road daily.

The accident rate in spots is eight-times higher than the state's average.

The New York State Department of Transportation is proposing to make this stretch of road safer.

For west bound traffic a right turn only lane will be added for vehicles getting onto I-590 North.

The far right east bound lane from I-590 to Clover Street will be eliminated.

A short turning lane from Monroe Ave. on to Clover Street will remain.

To make this work the off ramp for I-590 north will have to change.

Traffic will just approach that as a traditional T intersection and just make a left or a right, said Lori Maher with the New York State Department of Transportation.

The 590 south off and on ramps will also be made into a 'T' with a traffic light.

There's been a long term accident safety issue in that area, sail Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle. Their [the NYDOT] original plan was to do work in 2015, we had encouraged them to move it up to 2014 and I'm pleased that appears to be the case.

There is a public informational meeting on the project Wednesday night at the Brighton Town Hall at 7 p.m. State transportation officials will be at the town hall at 5 p.m. to answer any questions in advance.

Kelsie Smith, 13WHAM-TV
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