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Residents call for safety measures on Route 20

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With rapid development combining with the traditional high speeds on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg, newer residents are demanding changes.

State traffic engineers are looking at the situation, following a series of accidents, some of which were fatal. They told a packed public meeting Monday night there should be a report in around a month, although doing something might take a while.

Neighbor Chuck Erickson says a hill in the road near Pleasant and Amsdell was cut down several years ago.
"If you're making a left into my house and the Appleton's, or anywhere in there, or if a school bus is stopped, picking up a kid, you can't see see," Erickson explained.

"Is that even considered, possibly dropping that hill down a little more and putting in turning lanes for safety of the kids and the neighbors?"

Striping the road for a left turn lane from Route 20 west into the Villas at Brierwood is one possible action and the traffic engineers say that could be done this summer if the report suggests it. The Villas is a particular problem because it's slated to nearly triple in size from the current 52 condos and there are a lot of cars going in and out.

Major construction could take years to complete.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.