FAQs - Updated Oct 2023

Frequently Asked Questions
Q.  If this plan is not adopted, when is the next time something like this would could be done on this street?
A.  The current street replacement program cycles about every 20 years. The street design will stay as is for 20 years.

Q.  Where will delivery trucks park?
A.  Trucks would park the same places they do today - in parking lots, some in the street where active traffic drive around them. The difference with this plan is that cyclist would not longer have to navigate around deliveries competing for the roadway with automobile traffic.
 

Q.  When will the project start?
A.  Spring of 2024. 

Q.  How will emergency vehicles (fire trucks, ambulance) be able to get down the street?
A.  The street plans were reviewed by the DPW, Fairport Electric and the Fire Marshall to ensure that emergency vehicles, DPW snowplows, Fairport Electric trucks as well as tractor trailers delivering poles and equipment to Fairport Electric can safely make it back and forth on the street. 
 

Q.  Will there be more handicapped parking spots?
A.  Not at this time, however, the addition of the upgraded pedestrian and cycle connection will make it easier for those individuals using those parking spots to connect with businesses on Liftbridge Lane.  

Q.  I've heard all the parking is going away. Is that true?

A.  No. On-street parking will remain from Parker St. to the east towards the wetlands. 7 new parking spots will be added on Water Street including short term parking. Parking along north side of the lot of approximately 20 spots, will be opened up to public use after business hours (late afternoons, evenings and weekends). 

Q.  Will this project shut down traffic on Liftbridge Lane East, like Liftbridge Lane West and no longer have cars?
A.  No - this project will not remove cars from Liftbridge Lane East. It will make the entire street safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. The street will be straightened, there will be specific areas for pedestrians and cyclists removed from the auto traffic lanes. The project will add street trees, native plants, new lighting and crosswalks.

Q.  Why can't the bike lanes move to run along side the CSX rail lines?
A.  The Village did explore this option. CSX has a policy on pathways and trails that speaks to this very issue. The policy forbids any bike path, bike lane or walkway within the right-out-way of CSX. It is clear from CSX policy, that CSX would not allow a bike path in the right of way for safety concerns. Additionally the property that runs along the path are private property building right up to the property line. There would not be any way to locate the bike lane off of CSX property.

Q.  Can the Village have Fairport electric bury the electric on Liftbridge Lane East?
A.  The Village explored this option. The cost of the project is estimated at $7 million dollars. This is an expense that Fairport Electric and the Village taxpayers cannot afford.

Q. How will the addition of a median in the roadway impact snow plowing of Liftbridge Lane?

A.  The removal of the bump outs in the roadway improves the ability to plow. Plows with sidewings cannot be used today. The bike lanes will be cleared using smaller equipment and the street without the bump outs will be easier to maneuver with plow trucks.

Q.  Will the road lanes now be smaller? How will deliveries be made?
  

A.  The current road lanes are 10.5' wide. The new lanes will be 11' wide. Deliveries will be handed the same way they are today.

Q.   Why is bike traffic diverted from the canal trail to Liftbridge Lane?
A.   The Canal Corporation is responsible for traffic on the canal trail (inside the blue line of canal property) and the New York State DOT is responsible for operations of the lift bridge including the tunnel underneath. Due to congestion on the canal path and the tunnel, bike traffic is diverted to Liftbridge Lane at the east and west ends. The choice to designate Liftbridge Lane as the NYS Canal bike route was made over 10 years ago when management of the canal was administered by the NYS DOT.

Q.  Does this project correspond with the Village's Comprehensive Plan?
A.  The Village of Fairport Comprehensive Plan Goal 12.0 identifies a goal to provide multi­ modal transportation and infrastructure that supports land uses and meet resident needs; and goes on to state the Village should become an equally bicycle friendly Village that attracts families through safe connections.
Village residents identified the ability to bike and walk to recreation sites, shopping, restaurants, etc. (57% of respondents),
second only to attracting new businesses to the business district (60%). With such strong support for multi-modal transportation, the Village took  the opportunity to commit to an Active Transportation Plan for Liftbridge Lane East.