The expressway in this newspaper article has been on the works for many years but never completed. Route 531 ends at Washington Street in the Town of Ogden and never has made it to Brockport. Last year a project was started to completely re-construct Route 31 from Washington Street to Brockport. That project will continue this summer with more detours. Hopefully it will help the traffic flow in the end.
I picked an auto ad to go with the article. The B&W picture in the ad didn’t look very well so I replaced it with a color picture of a 1968 Buick.
Thursday, April 4, 1968
Hope Given For More Action on New Expressway
The proposed expressway of Route 31 through western Monroe and Orleans and Niagara Counties has a new name – the Orleans Expressway. At present only a mile has been constructed – a spur which branches off Interstate Route 490, the Western Expressway, and ends at Elmgrove Rd.
There is now a hope that a revision in priorities by the State Department of Transportation will advance the starting date for the continuation of the highway. However, it was stated that it will be more than two years before construction begins.
First proposed in 1964, the Orleans Expressway plans were shelved because it was felt that other super highways were needed to relieve traffic congestion in the immediate Rochester area. Therefore priority was given to the Outer Loop (Route 47), the Irondequoit – Wayne and Keeler St. Expressways, and the Genesee Valley Expressway. D. Dominic Masucci, sate planning engineer of the Rochester District office of the State Department of Transportation, said that there was not enough manpower to devote as much time as they would have liked to the Orleans Expressway.
The first step is to plot the line of the highway and then set about acquiring land for the rights-of-way. A public hearing is held after the line has been plotted.
The state engineers have now begun to move ahead on the project “as fast as they can” because of the expansion of the State University College at Brockport and plans for another shopping center at the intersection of Rts. 31 and 10 south of Brockport..
The expressway will roughly run parallel to Route 31. with interchanges to serve Spencerport, Adams Basin, and Brockport. It will be continued through Orleans County, to serve Holley, Albion, and Medina, and then will go west through Niagara County to join proposed expressways to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.