State Department of Transportation will replace Sucker Brook culvert between Burns Terrace and Keuka St

Motorists who travel along Elm Street on a regular basis will be taking a detour beginning around Sept. 7 and continuing for about four weeks.

New York State Department of Transportation officials have notified residents in the area that the culvert over Sucker Brook, located between Burns Terrace and Keuka Street will be replaced.

Elm Street between Burns Terrace and Liberty Street will be closed to thru-traffic during the 4-week project. Traffic will be detoured to Burns Terrace and Court Street.

Along with the local detour, a truck route will use State Routes 14A (Liberty Street), 364 and County Road 29 (Guyanoga Road) where it connects with State Route 54A in Branchport.

During the May 2014 flood, Sucker Brook overflowed at the culvert, resulting in State DOT officials determining that although the culvert is in fair condition, its capacity is inadequate, explains DOT engineer John MacDowell.

Other Traffic Changes

Other traffic related changes in the village of Penn Yan include the recent changes to traffic signals at the intersection of Lake Street (State Route 54) and Liberty Street (State Route 14A).

The change there includes the addition of a new flashing yellow arrow for northbound Lake Street traffic turning left onto Liberty Street, explains Marty Butler, the regional traffic engineer.

At the intersection, motorists will see the normal green arrow allowing them to turn left without any conflicting traffic. The new flashing yellow arrow is displayed to signal to drivers that they are permitted to turn left only after yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Butler also replied to questions regarding the change in the speed limit on State Route 54 (Lake Street) at the south border of the village, near Morgan Marine. He said moving the 55 mph sign closer to the village limit has not caused a safety issue, and the department has not received any direct comments about the speed limit. He said the change was made following a traffic study in the area, and a letter from a Lerch Road resident commenting on the speed limit then, and the condition of the road.

Data over the past eight months shows no crashes related to the speed limit, he said, adding there are no plans to conduct a new speed study.