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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > July 2015 > Paving Project UB South Campus

Paving Project UB South Campus

Hard hit stretch of Main Street is included in the $9 million citywide paving program for 2015; city crews are on target to meet Mayor’s commitment to pave 75 residential streets

July 2, 2015 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and other partners in government gathered along a stretch of Main Street, hard hit during the winter months, for the official kick-off to the city’s annual paving program. Work is now underway on Main Street, between Bailey Avenue and Kenmore Avenue near UB South Campus, as part of the city’s $9 million citywide paving program.  City crews continue to make progress on nearly a half dozen other major roadway construction projects.

“As we continue to build a city of opportunity in Buffalo where economic growth continues, we will continue to invest in infrastructure citywide,” said Mayor Brown. “Today, I announced that a stretch of Main Street near the UB South Campus, heavily damaged during the harsh winter, was included in our $9 million citywide paving program.  Work is now underway. I thank my partners in government for helping us secure funding for this and other significant infrastructure projects.”

The $9 million earmarked for the city’s annual paving program is distributed equally among council districts.  After a harsh winter, the paving program was modified slightly to address much-needed resurfacing, like the Main Street area near UB South Campus, to ensure roads are even safer for city residents and visitors in Buffalo. 

“Through collaborative efforts, federal highway funding, combined with a solid commitment from Mayor Brown to help rebuild Buffalo’s infrastructure, we are putting people to work and creating real progress throughout the City,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.  “Ongoing Buffalo road projects alone are underway today thanks to more than $30 million in federal dollars.”

“The City of Buffalo and the New York State Department of Transportation continue to collaborate on efforts to improve Buffalo’s infrastructure - together,” said State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) provides essential resources to municipalities throughout the state. With economic growth continuing in Buffalo, we need to ensure that residents, tourists, employees, and students have faith in the city’s infrastructure. In Buffalo, winters can damage the roadways we rely on and it is important to keep them safe and maintained during the warmer months.”

University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt stated, “During my meetings within the University district, residents told me that improvements to sidewalks, curbs and streets remain a top priority.  I’m appreciative of the continued coordination with Mayor Brown’s Office and the Department of Public Works to make sure these important paving projects happen.” 

At Mayor Brown’s direction, city crews have greatly stepped up paving efforts. This year, the city will invest $9 million in residential paving citywide and an additional $55 million investment in major roadwork along key corridors.  This brings Mayor Brown’s total infrastructure investment since 2006 to $154 million.

Today, Mayor Brown also thanked residents and businesses for their patience. Work continues on major projects, including:

  • 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.
  • Ohio Street – Work will conclude this season on the $11.3 million Ohio Street redevelopment project; the street is now operational and nearly complete.
  • West Ferry Street -$7.92 Million Project Provides Enhanced Connection to improvements Underway on Niagara Street & Unity  Island

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

In addition to the city’s paving projects for 2015, city street crews from the department of public works are installing another 10 miles of bike lanes in Buffalo, installing bike racks outside storefronts, striping new bike and pedestrian pavement markings and repairing sidewalks. Be a part of Mayor Brown’s plan to build a city of opportunity by going to and clicking on the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge.