Victor Connectivity Project
The purpose of the Connect Victor project (also referred to as the Victor Street Connectivity and Action Plan) is to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 96 and Route 251, while improving mobility, safety, and access for bicycles, pedestrians, and vehicles. The outcome of the project will be a long-term street and trail network master plan for the Town of Victor that identifies gaps in the street network connectivity and provides concept-level plans to connect streets/trails and create access to key locations. By September 2022, the Town of Victor will approve a street network master plan with concept level plans and costs.
What is “connectivity?”
Street connectivity refers to the directness of links and density of connections (i.e., intersections) in street networks. A neighborhood with a highly connected street network has streets with many short links, numerous intersections, and few dead-ends and cul-de-sacs. Highly connected street networks can make it more efficient and easier to drive, walk, or bicycle from one place to another by providing more direct routes and shorter travel distance.
Street network connectivity helps reduce the volume of traffic and traffic delays on major streets (arterials and major collectors), and ultimately improves livability in communities.
Poorly connected street network vs.
Well-connected street network
The project area includes a portion of the Town of Victor south of I-90 (NYS Thruway) along the NYS Routes 251 and 96 corridors, including the hamlet of Fishers and most of the Village of Victor. The project area extends from Victor/Farmington town line west to the vicinity of Wangum Road.
During the past several years, the Town and Village of Victor have completed several transportation planning projects intended to address traffic safety, circulation, and congestion challenges in the community. These projects include the Route 96 Transformative Corridor Strategic Infrastructure Plan, the Victor Access Management Plan, and the transportation chapter of the Town’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan. This project will advance those efforts by identifying connectivity gaps in the Town’s transportation network, recommending improvements to the existing streets and intersections, and providing concept-level designs to better connect streets, trails, and sidewalks.
This project will result in conceptual designs for bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle traffic circulation improvements along the Route 96 corridor. It will recommend options for additional street connections to divert traffic from Route 96, improve connections between neighborhoods and business areas so that traffic is not reliant on a few main roads, and expand trails, sidewalks and crosswalks, and bicycle lanes to encourage non-motorized transportation.
These conceptual designs will provide the Town and Village with a blueprint for future infrastructure improvement projects and help the Town prioritize and secure funding for projects.
Connectivity Project Team
- Joe Bovenzi – Genesee Transportation Counsel – Program Manager
- Kathy Rayburn – Town Economic Development
- Kim Kinsella – Planning & Building Director
- Mark Years – Town Highway Superintendent
- Adam Reitz - Parks and Rec Trail MEO
- Gary Hadden – Village Mayor
- John Turner – Village DPW Director
- Paul Spitzer – NYS DOT
- Lora Leon – NYS DOT
- Tom Harvey – County Planning
- Bill Wright – County Planning
- Scott Reinhart - Trailmaster, Victor Hiking Trails