Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — TOWN OF LOCKPORT –– Drivers heading north on Beattie Avenue may notice something different at the Lincoln Avenue intersection.
Motorists will now be able to make a right turn on a red light, anytime except during school hours. Supervisor Marc R. Smith said a smaller sign has been added below the “no turn on red” sign that states the turn is outlawed only between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days.
The addition is meant to alleviate the traffic congestion caused by long lines of drivers waiting to turn onto Lincoln Avenue.
“We think it will,” Smith said. “And we’ll continue to monitor it.”
For people heading north into the city, there are a number of popular destinations for which they must turn right on Lincoln to reach, including Skateland and Allie Brandt Lanes, as well as a number of businesses. The Lincoln and Beattie Avenues intersection is also within walking distance of Lockport High School, Charles Upson Elementary, the Lockport City School District offices and the Kenan Center, all adding to possible traffic congestion.
The town is in the process of working with Niagara County on redesigning Beattie Avenue, a plan that will include turning lanes, Smith said. Plans are still being reviewed.
In other town news, Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said the town recreation committee was sponsoring its final free movie night of the season. Residents can see “Happy Feet Two” on Saturday at the town hall on Dysinger Road.
The event begins at 7 p.m. with a performance by the Federation of Musicians. There will be free pop and popcorn, but people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. The movie will be shown, rain or shine.
• Councilman Paul H. Pettit announced a member of the U.S. Border Patrol would be visiting the Town Board during its 1 p.m. Aug. 22 work session meeting. Pettit said the officer will be discussing what the patrol does locally. The meeting is open to the public.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.