May 2, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Road Work to Improve Safety of Travelers Throughout Western New York

Governor Cuomo Announces Road Work to Improve Safety of Travelers Throughout Western New York

$9.3 Million Project to Enhance Pedestrian, Vehicle Safety and Reinforce Infrastructure

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work has begun on $9.3 million in infrastructure improvement projects to increase the safety of roads throughout Western New York. Construction includes three projects in Erie and Niagara counties, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

“These projects will upgrade Western New York's transportation network as well as increase roadway safety and improve the quality of life for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists alike,” Governor Cuomo said. “These are three more reasons why Western New York is a region on the move."

The work includes:

  • $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.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “As part of Governor Cuomo’s historic investment in transportation across New York State, these projects will improve safety along heavily traveled pedestrian and bicycle corridors, better protect motorists at a busy intersection and replace culverts along busy routes throughout Western New York. Governor Cuomo’s continued investment in the roads and bridges of New York State make it a better place to live, work and do business in.”

United States Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Improving our state’s infrastructure is good for our regional economy, and these projects will keep Western New Yorkers safe while driving, riding, and walking on local roads. These are exactly the kind of critical projects that can only be accomplished through substantial federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure. I will continue to fight for federal dollars to ensure that projects like this can be completed in the Buffalo-Niagara region, and across New York State.”

North and South Division Streets Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian improvements in the vicinity of Erie Community College will comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards and will include new curb and wheelchair ramps at existing intersections along the corridor. Pedestrian signal equipment will be upgraded with modern pedestrian push buttons that allow walkers to view a countdown timer. The countdown will warn walkers when they can expect the traffic signal to change. Work also will include replacing sidewalk, pavement and bicycle lanes.

Sidewalks and driveways will be also upgraded along the Elm-Oak Corridor to meet the accessibility requirements established in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Walden Avenue Intersection Reconstruction

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

The project includes widening Walden Avenue to construct an additional left-turn lane for eastbound Walden Avenue traffic heading to northbound Galleria Drive. Galleria Drive will be realigned and widened. The existing left-turn lane for westbound Walden Avenue traffic heading to southbound Anderson Road will be lengthened significantly to accommodate left turn movements. Northbound Anderson Road will be widened and reconfigured from two lanes to three lanes to provide an exclusive right-turn lane for northbound traffic.

In addition, audible pedestrian push buttons will be installed with crossing countdown timers along Walden Avenue within the project limits. When the pedestrian button is pressed and the walk phase of the traffic signal is activated, the pedestrian will be audibly instructed on which street can be safely crossed. At the end of the walk phase, the audible pedestrian button will revert to a continuous tone to remind pedestrians to utilize push buttons to safely cross. Visual crossing indicators will remain in place for the hearing impaired.

Culvert Rehabilitation and Replacement

Rehabilitating nine culverts in Western New York will allow water to flow through more easily, improving highway safety and reducing the risk of future flooding. The cost-effective treatments will ensure the culverts last for another 20 years.

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.

Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiatives are being employed on the projects to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

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