Tonawanda News — A Western New York street already known for an inundation of traffic will likely slow down even more starting next week and last for several months.
The New York State Department of Transportation announced it will begin an extensive upgrade of intersections along Niagara Falls Boulevard stretching from Kenmore Avenue to Tonawanda Creek Road.
NYSDOT Regional Director Darrell Kaminski said work will begin Monday on 18 intersections in the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda. The $800,000 project will include upgrades to pedestrian push buttons and activate pedestrian timers so those on foot can see a “countdown.”
“This work will deliver a safer, more comfortable environment for walkers along this well-traveled commercial corridor,” Kaminski said. “This highway is used by more than just vehicles, and the upgrades to be constructed will improve mobility for everyone.”
The countdown will also warn “walkers” when they can expect the traffic signals to change. In some locations the work will also include the replacement of existing sidewalk, curbs and ramps, with new wheelchair ramps, conforming to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The 18 locations include the intersections of Kenmore Avenue, Decatur Avenue, Long Meadow Road, Eggert Road, Sheridan Drive, Treadwell Road, Maple and Brighton roads, Glenalby and Romney roads, Interstate 290, Greenhaven Terrace, Willow Ridge Drive, Vinson Avenue/ Edward White Drive, South Ellicott Creek Road, North Ellicott Creek Road, Irvington Drive, Creekside Drive, East Robinson Road and Tonawanda Creek Road.
The construction contract was awarded to Concrete Applied Technologies Corporation of Alden, Erie County. Work is expected to be completed by late fall 2014.