Tonawanda News

September 27, 2013

Kenmore Avenue work begins

By Jessica Bagley jessica.bagley@tonawanda-news.com
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — A multi-year project to resurface bumpy Kenmore Avenue began earlier this week as part of an agreement between Erie County and the City of Buffalo, officials said. 

Erie County began its portion of the project between Fairfield Avenue and Colvin Boulevard, a span that covers 1.11 miles. This year’s work includes milling and overlay on both sides of the street. The City of Buffalo owns and is supposed to maintain the eastbound lane of Kenmore Avenue. The westbound lane falls in the Town of Tonawanda, where Erie County is responsible for upkeep.

The work includes removing 3 1/2 inches of asphalt and replacing it with new material, a statement from the county reads, and the heights of manholes will also be adjusted within project limits. 

The cost of this phase, which is expected to be finished in a matter of weeks, is $557,000. 

In 2014, the City of Buffalo will mill and overlay both sides of Kenmore Avenue between Colvin Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue, a distance of 1.01 miles. The city will also complete spot patching on sections between Military Road and Elmwood Avenue. The city’s phase will cost $500,000.  

The repaving was direly needed, as many of the 16,000 motorists who travel on the road every day have complained about the bumpy ride. 

“This joint City of Buffalo-Erie County collaboration on Kenmore Avenue is good news for everyone, especially for the many motorists who travel this busy roadway on any given day,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. 

A federally funded reconstruction project is then tentatively scheduled for 2015 and will cover a 0.94-mile stretch of Kenmore Avenue between Main Street and Fairfield. The two-year project will rehabilitate the road surface and improve visibility and safety. The project will cost $5 million, and the city and county will each pay 2.5 percent of the cost.  

Preliminary work for that project began in 2010. Detailed design of that is now taking place and will continue in 2014, according to the city’s website. The work includes design of utility improvements, final road layout, street lighting, traffic signal and intersections and signage. 

Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli said that project’s funding has been reduced and the timeline has pushed back. 

“I will continue fighting for additional construction funding from federal and state sources to work on Kenmore Avenue, which was slated for $17.7 million in road work,” she said. “Further advocacy is imperative for this road which impacts our economic development and quality of life.”