August 21, 2010
Bennie Road rerouted as Walmart pays tab
CORTLANDVILLE — Walmart has finished a project to reroute Bennie Road, giving drivers access to a new traffic light to get to Walden Place or farther up the road that leads to Route 215.
Bennie Road now ends at the traffic light slightly farther north than the previous road’s connect with Route 13.
The road also serves as an access to the new 200,000-square-foot store slated to open in the fall.
Before the project, the road was straight and formed an intersection with Route 13 without a traffic light, across the street from the HEP building supply center.
It has been changed so that it intersects Route 13 closer to the new Walmart Supercenter with a traffic light and curves to join the area of the road where Walden Place is.
The portion of the road that used to intersect Route 13 is closed off, and grass has been planted there, as well as in another section at a curve where the old road has been removed.
Town Supervisor Dick Tupper said the state Department of Transportation told the town about four years ago that it was concerned Bennie Road intersected Route 13 too close to where South Cortland-Virgil Road intersects Route 13.
The DOT was also concerned about a rise in traffic on Route 13. It expected traffic levels to continue increasing with the opening of the Walmart Supercenter and Finger Lakes East Business Park on the other side of Route 13, Tupper said.
The DOT recommended that the town ask Walmart to realign Bennie Road while constructing the building and parking lot, Tupper said. Walmart has turned over to the town the new section of Bennie Road, now that the work is finished, he said.
Tupper said he does not know how much Walmart paid to realign the road.
Walmart officials could not be reached for comment.
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