|Congressman Higgins Presents Town of Aurora and Village of East Aurora with $400,000 for Construction and Improvements to Main Street|
|October 13, 2005|
Aurora, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins announced $400,000 in federal transportation funding for construction and improvements to Main Street in the Town of Aurora and Village of East Aurora. The funding was secured in the recently passed transportation reauthorization bill (TEA-LU). Higgins was joined by Aurora Supervisor Terence M. Yarnall, East Aurora Mayor David J. DiPietro, and Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Director Gary Grote.
The Town of Aurora will redevelop Main Street (Rt. 20A) through the New York State Department of Transportation. The federal funds will be used to maintain the quaint, historic nature of Main Street, which may include the installation of benches, lighting, curb cuts and more. The eastern terminus of the project is the intersection of Rt. 400 and 20A, extending westward to the intersection of Jewett-Holmwood Rd. and 20A. The northern terminus is Girard St. including access to Knox State Park and the southern terminus is Oakwood Ave.
“The improvements to Main Street which will be made with this funding will add to the already charming and vibrant area,” said Higgins. “The quality of life improvements resulting from the construction and additions to Main Street will promote a walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly community with links between major activity centers. I look forward to seeing the tangible results of this funding and the positive impact it will have on the people of this community.”
“Main Street is truly the heart of the Village of East Aurora,” said Aurora Supervisor Terence M. Yarnall. “The success of the reconstruction project is crucial to the vitality of the businesses here. I would like to thank Congressman Higgins for recognizing the importance of this project and for making it a top priority. The funding he has secured on behalf of Aurora will go a long way to help ensure that the unique character of Main Street remains in tact for generations to come.”
“Background work on this project first began in 1999 and continued with the Village formation of the Reconstruction Task Force (RTF) in 2002,” said Village of East Aurora Mayor David J. DiPietro. “This funding makes the Task Force’s vision to create an attractive, livable and functional design that works for people, businesses and vehicles and supports Main Street’s role as the cultural and economic heart of the community a reality.”
Gary Grote, Executive Director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce said, "Despite the challenges this project presents, the end product will not only better serve the residents and businesses of East Aurora, but it will also continue to enhance East Aurora's draw as a destination, making it more welcoming to visitors and tourists".
The Main Street project will be beneficial to the community on several fronts. It will foster community development by providing residents with the opportunity to build a sense of place, community and ownership among all users. It will enhance and preserve community character and the visual environment. The construction will reduce the per-household number and frequency of auto-based travel because of the ability to bike, walk and travel easily between major places in the Town and Village. The safety of the area will also be improved by the use of medians and refuge islands where left turns create a high accident rate. The project also promotes smart growth by targeting the redevelopment and maintenance of the existing transportation infrastructure, and encourages growth in existing developed areas.