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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > August 2014 > Mayor Brown Launches Next Phase of Kenmore Avenue Redevelopment

Mayor Brown Launches Next Phase of Kenmore Avenue Redevelopment

Kenmore Construction

City of Buffalo begins $500,000 in roadwork improvements as part of an ongoing collaboration with other partners in government
BUFFALO – The ongoing collaboration to resurface and improve Kenmore Avenue continues.  Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown and other partners in government announced the start of phase-two construction along Kenmore Avenue.  Crews are ready to begin the mill and overlay work on both sides of Kenmore Avenue between Colvin and Elmwood Avenue, a distance of 1.01 miles.  This phase will cost the city about $500,000.

“Investing in our roadways is one of the fastest, most effective ways to boost our local economy, keep our roads safe and create jobs,” said Mayor Brown. “In continued collaboration and cooperation with our other partners in government, important roadwork is getting done that will benefit this important connection to the University District and Black Rock-Riverside. We are pleased with the progress on Kenmore Avenue and look forward to an even safer roadway for the motoring public in Buffalo and Erie County.”
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated, “The ongoing 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, and also demonstrates that cooperation is the key to success. I want to thank our partners in government for their willingness to focus on common goals and for approaching this project from a cooperative perspective, making the best use of resources from all partners and providing results that benefit both Erie County and the City of Buffalo.” 

Erie County Legislator Peter Savage stated, “I am proud to stand here today with my partners in City and County government as we continue to work together to create a new Kenmore Avenue that bridges our great Ken-Ton and North Buffalo communities.”

“Kenmore Avenue serves as an important intermunicipal connection route and is home to a robust business and neighborhood community,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.  “This stretch has been in need of repair for some time.  Through a joint effort with various levels of government, this infrastructure will be reconstructed to better support the community around it.”    

Last year, the City of Buffalo and Erie County signed an agreement to resurface and improve Kenmore Avenue.  The county owns and maintains the westbound lane of Kenmore Avenue, while the city owns and maintains the eastbound lane. In fall 2013, the county completed $557,000 in mill and overlay work on Kenmore Avenue, between Fairfield and Colvin, a span that covered 1.11 miles. 

A $5.5 million federally-funded reconstruction project will begin next year, covering the remaining 0.94-mile stretch of Kenmore Avenue between Main St. and the railroad tracks near Fairfield.  The city and county will contribute $550,000 each to this final phase.