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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > April 2015 > Start Of 2015 Road Construction Season

Start Of 2015 Road Construction Season

City invests $9 million in residential paving citywide; $55 million investment in major road work

Total Infrastructure Investment since 2006 is $154 million

April 7, 2015 - Construction is now underway on residential roadways citywide as well as a half dozen major infrastructure projects as part of the City of Buffalo 2015 Infrastructure Improvement plan.  Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by University District Council Member Rasheed Wyatt, State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples Stokes, State Senator Tim Kennedy and city residents, announced the start of the city’s new construction season, outlining several projects that will provide city residents and visitors with even safer, more efficient streets, while continuing the momentum that’s underway in Buffalo.

 “A well-maintained city leads to happy, healthy residents and today’s kickoff to the 2015 construction season marks another major investment that will help continue the rebirth of Buffalo, while ensuring that all of our residents share in the prosperity of our city,” said Mayor Brown.  “Enhancing our roadways citywide plays a major role in strengthening our economy while helping to further beautify Buffalo.”

This year, the City aims to complete 79 residential streets citywide, $9 million in improvements, bringing the city’s total commitment to residential infrastructure improvements since 2006 to $51 million.  Today, Mayor Brown thanked both University District Council Member Wyatt and Senator Kennedy for helping to secure funding for the $1 million street redeveopment project on Kensington Avenue.  (250k capital budget allocation by Council Member Wyatt, $750k State CHIPS funds)

“Maintaining our local roads is a true partnership on every level of government, and as we kick off the 2015 construction season in Buffalo, that couldn’t be more evident,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “A recent study showed nearly six out of every seven miles of road in New York State is maintained by counties and municipalities; we must ensure that they have the proper resources to repair and enhance our roads. Local infrastructure investment is the lifeblood to our economy, and I believe the state’s role in this project is reflective of that.”

This year’s efforts will also result in the completion of nearly a half dozen major road projects that build on last year’s construction season:

  • Kenmore Avenue - $5.5 million federally-funded reconstruction project will begin this 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.)
  • Niagara Street – (S. Elmwood to Virginia) - $2.2 million repavement/resurfacing project is now underway.
  • Ohio Street – Work will conclude this season on the $11.3 million Ohio Street redevelopment project; the street is now operational and nearly complete.
  • Pearl Street Two Way Conversion – $2.5 million Pearl Street two-way conversion project is designed to improve pedestrian and vehicular between Main/Goodell and Seneca streets.
  • West Ferry Street -$7.92 Million Project Provides Enhanced Connection to Improvements Underway on Niagara Street & Squaw Island

Important note for residents: residential paving takes about four days, weather permitting.
All paving projects are subject to modifications.