$5.4 Million Investment to Strengthen Transportation Infrastructure in Western New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the $5.4 million reconstruction of US Route 62, Niagara Falls Boulevard, in Niagara County is now complete. This stretch of roadway, from Sy Road to Bergholtz Creek in Town of Wheatfield, sees 21,000 motorists daily. The project began in April 2016 and was completed on time and on budget.
"Investing in New York's transportation infrastructure is critical to spurring local economies in every corner of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "The reconstruction of this vital roadway in Niagara County will improve the commute for Wheatfield residents and visitors alike for years to come."
The project reconstructed and widened Niagara Falls Boulevard to accommodate a continuous, two-way center turn lane, and sidewalk was installed along the west side of Niagara Falls Boulevard to provide access for pedestrians. The intersection of Old Falls Boulevard was realigned with Niagara Falls Boulevard and improvements were made to the drainage system. All traffic signs and railing were replaced on Niagara Falls Boulevard between Sy Road and Bergholtz Creek.
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Cathy Calhoun said, "Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, the Department continues to improve our transportation infrastructure to enhance safety, mobility and economic vitality. The reconstruction of a major commuter and commercial route such as Niagara Falls Boulevard, is critical in moving both people and goods, and will benefit all highway users for many years to come."
Senator Robert Ortt said, "This project will greatly improve the flow of traffic on Niagara Falls Boulevard, improving commutes and the overall quality of life for residents. After years of fighting for infrastructure funding, I'm pleased to see this progress and I'm hopeful that rebuilding Western New York's crumbling infrastructure will remain a priority for the state moving forward."
Assemblymember Angelo Morinello said, "I'm thrilled to see the governor and the Department of Transportation facilitate this investment into our infrastructure, and thank them for their attention to the transportation concerns of our residents. The addition of sidewalks on Niagara Falls Blvd. and improved drainage, traffic signs and railings will help increase safety for motorists in our district."
Keith McNall, Chair of Niagara County Legislature said, "Niagara Falls Boulevard has always been a critical transportation artery in Western New York, and these upgrades mean it can continue to accommodate the commercial and passenger traffic that moves up and down that corridor every day. We're also gratified to see safety concerns addressed in this reconstruction. We are gratified at the state's prioritization of local infrastructure and their investment in the continued economic growth of our region."
Consistent with Governor Cuomo's Driver's First Initiative, this project was designed to minimize impacts to traffic. Work was phased over two construction seasons to make the construction most efficient while maintaining traffic on site.
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