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Road Work Measures in Western New York

Governor Cuomo announced $9.3 million project underway

May 02, 2017 - 1:40 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Cuomo announced a series of road work measures in Western New York to improve the safety of travelers throughout the region. 

The $9.3 million project is slated to enhance the infrastructure for the area while enhancing both pedestrian and vehicle safety. 

The Cuomo administration released the areas which will have construction:

  •     $5.6 million project to improve pedestrian mobility and accessibility along both North and South Division streets between Main and Elm streets, and on Elm and Oak streets, all in the city of Buffalo, Erie County;
  •     $2.3 million project to reconstruct the intersection of Walden Avenue with Galleria Drive and Anderson Road in the town of Cheektowaga, Erie County; and
  •     $1.4 million project to replace or rehabilitate nine large culverts on State Routes 18, 93, 263, 324 and 429 in the towns of Amherst, Tonawanda, Porter, Wilson and Wheatfield in Erie and Niagara counties.


Some construction will take place at North and South Division Streets to improve pedestrian safety. Particularly, the road work near Erie Community College will create a new curb and wheelchair ramp at existing intersections along the corridor for it to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There will also be an upgrade to signal equipment which will allow walkers to view a countdown timer.

Walden Avenue Intersection Reconstruction

Reconstruction will take place at the Walden Avenue intersection with Galleria Drive and Anderson Road to enhance safety, improve traffic flow, and upgrade pedestrian facilities from west of Consumer Square to east of Galleria Drive. 

An added left-turn lane for eastbound Walden Ave traffic will be constructed for traffic heading to northbound Galleria Drive. Galleria Drive will also be realigned and widened. 

Culvert Rehabilitation and Replacement

Rehabbing nine culverts in the region will allow water to flow through more easily to improve highway safety and reduce the risk of future flooding. Two culverts will be replaced, including one located on State Route 18 over Lake Ontario Tributary and one located on State Route 93 over Six Mile Creek Tributary in Niagara County. Detours will be posted for these replacements. Seven existing culverts will be rehabilitated on State Routes 18, 93, 263, 324, and 429 in Erie and Niagara counties. Traffic will be maintained on-site during this work

All the projects, which have already begun, are expected to be completed by the end of 2017. 

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