Ceremony marks the reopening of Clough Pike

Long awaited, the rerouting of Clough Pike in Batavia has reached an official completion.

A short ceremony was held last week to mark the official opening of the new portion of Clough Pike, which enters Batavia on the west end of town near College Drive.

“It’s a great honor to be here this morning,” said Batavia Mayor John Thebout. “We’re hoping very much it will bring growth and development to the village, county and township. This project had its beginning in the 32 corridor study several years ago. While there was great interest in the project, it stalled due to lack of funding and right of way acquisition. The newly-located Clough Pike eliminates a major safety issue, by closing an unneeded and dangerous railroad crossing. It also opens up unused land, and we believe it will have a significant impact on business.”

The project has been years on the drawing board, and even longer in the hopes of local developers who have looked for an access point to the village. The new entrance is served by a traffic light that is expected to alleviate some of the congestion common near the center of Batavia.