DOT Finishes NF Blvd. Study

Study calls for reduction in speed limit in part of the boulevard

Tom Puckett
July 29, 2019 - 1:25 pm

Another pedestrian-involved accident on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Karl Booker, 31, of Tonawanda was struck and suffered non-life threatening injuries when he tried crossing the road on December 3, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Amherst, NY (WBEN) The state DOT has wrapped up a study on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst and Tonawanda.

The corridor study analyzed the existing pedestrian infrastructure and developed planning-level recommendations to enhance pedestrian safety along the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor.  Many of the recommendations from the engineering study of the corridor will be included in a $2 million project on Niagara Falls Boulevard to be implemented next year, with design beginning this year.  

“Safety is our top priority and, working with the community and our partner agencies, we are utilizing the three E’s of engineering, education and enforcement to enhance safety for everyone who travels this important corridor,” Regional Director Frank Cirillo said. 

Among the recommendations no turn on red signs be installed at the Sheridan, Maple, Willow Ridge and E. Robinson intersections of the boulevard, as well as loweirng the speed limit on the northern end from 45 to 40 mph.

Another recommendation is building sidwalk ramps with ADA detectable warning units at intersections where ramps or such units are missing.

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “Pedestrian safety is critically important to the public health of all New Yorkers. We will continue to work with all of our community and agency partners to educate and inform motorists and pedestrians in order to improve the conditions in this particular corridor and across New York State.”

Assistant Commissioner of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Chuck DeWeese said, “GTSC is proud to be a partner in the ongoing Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. Our grant program is funding locally-based education and enforcement projects aimed specifically at making New York’s roads safer for pedestrians. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that the Niagara Falls Boulevard project will have in the community.”

 

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