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Varna Plan Implementation

The town is actively moving forward with implementing the Varna Community Development Plan that was adopted in December, 2012. The town’s goal is to help initiate investment and spur development that will enhance and improve the overall quality of life for the Varna community.

 

The Route 366: Varna Corridor Redevelopment Project

As identified through the planning process, a priority for the community is to redevelop the 0.75 mile section of Route 366 through Varna. In addition to a lack of bike lanes and sidewalks, the roadway design at the Freese Road/Mt. Pleasant Road intersection has been a dangerous location for drivers turning onto and crossing Route 366. This has had a significant impact on resident’s perceptions of safety and appropriate volume of traffic for this route.

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In response to the transportation conditions in Varna, the town has applied to two programs through the New York State- Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) to fund the redevelopment Route 366 into a safe and accessible multi-modal corridor.

StrategicTransEnhanceWebRoute 366 Varna Corridor Redevelopment Project Map

The plan for the corridor includes sidewalks on both sides of Route 366, traffic calming through a mini-roundabout at the Freese Road/Mt. Pleasant Road/Route 366 intersection, shared bike lanes, crosswalks, medians, established bus shelters as well as corridor revitalization through street trees and lighting (see images below).

Roundabout

A single-lane mini-roundabout at the corner of Freese Road /Mt. Pleasant Road and Route 366 will provide significant safety benefits and enhance accessibility and circulation through the busy corridor

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The use of shared bike lanes, commonly known as “sharrows” help facilitate safe and convenient traveling for cyclists and motorists alike. New sidewalks on both sides of Route 366 will provide a safe pathway for pedestrians, and improve the overall look and feel of Varna.

Development Perspective Freese Road V3

Aesthetic improvements including sidewalks, street trees and landscaped medians will enhance the overall feel of the corridor.

Development Perspective Freese Road V3

Aesthetic improvements including sidewalks, street trees and landscaped medians will enhance the overall feel of the corridor.

A description of the programs and a link to the town’s application can be found below:

 1.Strategic Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP) through the New York State DOT

The Strategic Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP) is a program designed to help with transportation infrastructure investments to spur economic development, livability and connectivity to critical destinations. The town has applied for $1.1 million to fund the redevelopment of the Route 366 corridor through Varna. Click here for the town’s application.

2. Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) through the ITCTC MPO

The town has applied to be placed on the regional 2014-18 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to receive Federal funding for the Varna corridor.

Application Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

P: 607-844-8888 
F: multiple - check with the department 

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