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Our view: Wolf's Crossing Road meeting an opportunity for public

The Village of Oswego is inviting the public to stop by Village Hall at 100 Parkers Mill on Thursday, Feb. 15 between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. to glimpse Phase 1 engineering plans for the proposed widening and reconstruction of Wolf's Crossing Road between Route 34 in the village and Eola Road in Aurora.

Improving Wolf's Crossing Road has been at or near the top of the village's capital improvement project list for a decade or more. Traffic on the two lane road has increased steadily over the past two decades or so due to residential development in the village and surrounding communities. With traffic lights and traffic volumes rising on nearby Route 34/Ogden Avenue, many area residents have come to use Wolf's Crossing Road as their preferred route to work and stores in communities east of the village. Unfortunately, Wolf's Crossing Road in its current configuration with only two lanes for traffic is not designed to handle the number of motorists who now use it every day.

As with any other public works project, the biggest obstacle currently facing village officials in their quest to improve the road is funding. This week Jennifer Hughes, the village's public works director/engineer, reported that the pricetag for all the proposed improvements along the road is currently at just under $60 million. As a result, the improvements will likely have to be completed in piecemeal fashion over a period of many years as funding becomes available.

We applaud village officials for moving forward with planning for an improved Wolf's Crossing Road, but we do so with the understanding that it will likely be several more years before any additional lanes or other improvements take place. To eventually secure the federal and state construction dollars that project will require, it is essential for the village to first have its improvement plans in place. We encourage village and area residents interested in seeing an improved Wolf's Crossing Road to take the time Thursday to stop by Village Hall, view the plans and offer their suggestions and thoughts.

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