East Avenue is an alternate route for some people on their morning commute if they want to avoid highways. If you take this road to work or school in the morning, your drive to work could be longer when the DOT completes this work.

Every week, tens of thousands of people take this stretch of East Avenue to get to and from work. It stretches from Pittsford to Brighton into Rochester. Now the state Department of Transportation is going to cut the number of lanes on East Avenue in half.

East Avenue from the 490-590 interchange to St. John Fisher College will go from four lanes to two lanes, with a turn lane in the middle and bike lanes on the side. East Avenue is an alternate route for some people on their morning commute if they want to avoid highways. If you take this road to work or school in the morning, your drive to work could be longer when the DOT completes this work.

For bike riders, this is good news - your ride will be safer. Right now East Avenue is two narrow lanes going both ways, making it dangerous for people on bikes.

This work is not scheduled to start until sometime next summer. The plan is similar to what the state did to East Avenue in Rochester several years ago.

Not everyone is happy about these changes, and on Thursday night you'll have a chance to ask all your questions. The state DOT is holding a meeting at Allen Creek Schools at 3188 East Avenue. The meeting starts at 5 p.m.