Notable Infrastructure Upgrades in South Buffalo

Abbott Road, Warren Spahn Bridge, receiving $5 million in upgrades

Mike Baggerman
July 17, 2017 - 3:46 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – South Buffalo will be on the receiving end of major infrastructure upgrades beginning in 2018. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced a $5 million plan to focus on rebuilding Abbott Road and rehabilitation the worn-down Warren Spahn Bridge in Cazenovia Park.

Abbott Road from Potters to Southside sees approximately 12,000 drivers per day. The road itself will be improved and will include addition of ADA accessible ramps, new LED lighting, and street amenities such as benches and landscaping. This project will cost approximately $3 million.

“We see the Abbott Road phase of the project in a very similar way to what we’re doing on Niagara Street,” Brown said. “At Niagara Street we started the first phase with a $2.2 million allocation which led to over $28 million of infrastructure money in the public sector that has helped to stimulate tens of millions of dollars of private sector investment.”

The remaining $2 million will focus on the bridge over Cazenovia Creek. That bridge will feature the removal and replacement of the bridge deck and structural supports. It will also include new sidewalks and railings.

“We are now in the design phase of these two infrastructure projects,” Mayor Brown said. “The actual construction will begin in 2018 but the design phase is critically important to moving the projects forward.”

“It’s just another example of the commitment to local parks,” South District Councilman Chris Scanlon said. “Since 2012 we’ve seen $3 million allocated to Cazenovia Park and its amenities. Add to that the $2 million we’re discussing today. That’s $5 million in a short time allocated to this park for things like new basketball courts, new tennis courts, a new road throughout this park, almost $1 million in structural work for the casino, almost half a million dollars at the pool, $250,000 at the ice rink…it’s a tremendous investment by the city.”

Both roads are expected to stay open during the process according to Buffalo City Engineer Mike Finn.

“Whenever we’re doing projects in any part of the city we’re always looking to keep the roads open because there’s a lot of businesses along these corridors that rely on the traffic in order to access them,” Finn said.  

The projects were funded through the 2016-2017 state budget’s infrastructure advancement plan.

 

 

 

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