Tonawanda News

July 11, 2013


Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — City and county officials announced a partnership Wednesday to resurface more than two miles of bumpy Kenmore Avenue between Fairfield and Elmwood avenues. 

The project will be accomplished through an agreement between Erie County and the City of Buffalo. The county owns and maintains the westbound lane of Kenmore Avenue, while the city owns and maintains the eastbound lane. 

“This collaboration to resurface and improve Kenmore Avenue is a good example of what can happen when municipalities seek innovative and efficient ways to get projects done,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said at Wednesday’s event.

Both parties will sign an agreement, which will then go before the county legislature for approval. Erie County will begin mill and overlay work in the fall on both sides of Kenmore Avenue, between Fairfield and Colvin Boulevard, a span that covers 1.11 miles. 

The process will remove 31/2 inches of asphalt and replace it with new material. The phase will cost $557,000. 

In 2014, the city 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. 

“I look forward to the completion of this project and will continue to work with our partners on other repairs to help make our city streets stronger,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who was at Wednesday’s press conference, 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. 

Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli and Erie County Commissioner of Public Works John Loffredo were also at the event.

More than 16,000 vehicles travel on Kenmore Avenue daily, Marinelli said. 

“Together with the community and my partners in government, I will continue fighting for additional construction funding from federal and state sources to work on Kenmore Avenue,” she said.