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Changes Coming To Routes 36 And 248 In Canisteo

March 29, 2022

Recently, New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced the beginning of an $8.6 million project to modernize State Routes 36 and 248 in the Village of Canisteo. The transformative project will resurface the roadways, add sidewalks, create dedicated turning lanes and make other improvements that will enhance safety and facilitate travel along two key thoroughfares that help connect Canisteo to the entire Southern Tier Region as well as the City of Hornell to the north. New lighting and updates to Canisteo’s downtown park will also improve the aesthetic appeal of the historic village and promote tourism.

“This project is more than just an investment in roads and sidewalks in the Village of Canisteo – it is fundamentally helping to grow and promote a healthy and vibrant community by making it more walkable, bikeable and accessible to all users of the road,” said Commissioner Dominguez. “I am very excited to announce the beginning of this important transportation project that will help support the local economy in Canisteo and benefit the entire Southern Tier community.”

The project, which is scheduled for completion by fall 2023, will make critical investments in road surfaces, drainage infrastructure and streetscape beautification. Improvements include:

* Replacement of existing sidewalks and the addition of 1,000 feet of new sidewalk along State Route 36
* New rapid flashing beacons along State Route 36 and Maple Street to improve pedestrian safety
* Modern, acorn-style streetlights in front of businesses along State Route 36
* Installation of dedicated left turn lanes along State Route 36 to reduce congestion and improve the flow of traffic
* New parking lot, benches, picnic tables and other enhancements to the village’s downtown park
No detours are anticipated for the project at this time. Flaggers will be utilized to direct traffic through the work zone. Roads and sidewalks will be open to traffic during winter months when construction is inactive. Access to local businesses will remain open throughout the duration of the project.

Village of Canisteo Mayor Monica Recktenwald said, “On behalf of the Village Board, I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to the folks from the State Department of Transportation who developed the plans for this project that will not only enhance our safety but improve the traffic flow through our village. A public meeting was held in advance so residents could review the plans and offer any insight into the project. Business owners provided information to assist with their particular needs and the plans reflected resolutions for any of the areas of concern. The downtown park will see the biggest change, ensuring the numerous monuments are repaired and maintained, while keeping as much of the history and tradition that we are known for, but improving regular maintenance. I appreciate how the local State DOT office made themselves available to the residents who reached out with any concerns and was transparent with this long awaited project.”

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said, “Steuben County is most appreciative of New York State’s investment in our western region, particularly the Village of Canisteo. State Routes 36 and 248 are key travel arteries for our citizens and visitors alike, and the sidewalk and lighting enhancements in the Village of Canisteo will serve to highlight all this great community has to offer.”

Senator Tom O’Mara said, “The continued and ongoing state investment in our roads and bridges is one of our most fundamental responsibilities. This project to modernize State Routes 36 and 248 in Canisteo is great news for Canisteo, Hornell, Steuben County, and the entire Southern Tier region.”

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, “This is very welcomed news for the Village of Canisteo and the surrounding area. The traveling public, emergency vehicles and tourists all depend on a safe and reliable transportation network. Thank you to Commissioner Dominguez, Regional Director Brian Kelly and Region 6 New York State Department of Transportation employees for your commitment to making the infrastructure improvements necessary to keep our roads safe.”