January 21, 2016, by Markeshia Ricks -"Plans to tame high-volume Whalley Avenue traffic that hurries through the center of Westville Village have moved forward by receiving a key approval, as did plans for separated west side bike lanes to downtown. The approvals came Wednesday night from the City Plan Commission. Commissioners voted unanimously in support of site plans for improving pedestrian safety in the 3,200-foot stretch of state road between Harrison Street and West Park Avenue that been in the works for three years. Back then, State Rep. Pat Dillon and then-State Sen. Toni Harp successfully pushed for the state to set aside $400,000 to calm the busy thoroughfare. The project has three main goals: to slow traffic on Whalley Avenue; to make it easier to cross the street in Westville Village; and to define gateways for the commercial village. The project picked up momentum last September when the city submitted a finalized version of plans that calls for “new raised medians, tree plantings, signage, stripping, handicapped ramps, sidewalks, thermoplastic crosswalks, thermoplastic islands, utilities and curbs...”
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