Tonawanda News — New York State Department of Transportation officials have broken ground on a $3.8 million dollar project that will construct the Sherwood Greenway Trail and improve Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.
The new two-mile trail will bridge a gap in the town’s system by connecting the Two Mile Creek trail in Sheridan Park with the Buffalo Riverwalk.
“The state Department of Transportation is proud to partner with elected officials, community and business leaders to continue ... to improve our transportation infrastructure,” DOT Acting Regional Director Darrell Kaminski said at the groundbreaking event.
The project will also resurface Sheridan Drive between Delaware Avenue and the Sheridan Drive Extension, and the Sheridan Drive extension between River Road and Sheridan Drive.
The work will include safety upgrades at several intersections, including the installation of new curbs and sidewalks, replacement of traffic signal detection systems and the repair of drainage inlets. A new bridge pier protection wall will also be constructed on the Sheridan Drive Extension beneath I-190 to increase the safety along the two highways.
“Infrastructure investments, like this one, have a long lasting impact on communities,” Congressman Brian Higgins said. “In addition to needed roadwork that provides a more suitable and welcoming foundation for local neighborhoods and businesses, the creation of the Sherwood Greenway Trial provides new and improved access to the waterfront.”
Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana echoed Higgins’ comments and said the project fits the town’s development strategy to improve accessibility and the enjoyment of the waterfront.
“This new trail link represents a huge milestone in the town’s vision of connectivity to our evolving waterfront and it will continue to enhance the quality of life for our residents as well,” he said.
The construction for the project was awarded to Concrete Applied Technologies of Alden. Construction work will officially begin Monday. Scheduled completion is the fall of 2014.