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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > Mayor Brown Opens Pearl Street to Two-Way Traffic

Mayor Brown Opens Pearl Street to Two-Way Traffic

$2.5 million infrastructure improvement project further improves pedestrian and vehicular access throughout downtown Buffalo

Buffalo – Mayor Byron Brown, joined by State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and State Senator Timothy Kennedy, kicked off the weekend today by opening Pearl Street to two-way traffic - following the final lane striping of this $2.5 million Two Way Conversion project. The project was supported by a $1.5 million city bond and $1.0 million CFA grant from New York State - that is aimed at further improving pedestrian and vehicular access throughout downtown

“Pearl Street is now open to two-way traffic,” said Mayor Brown. “Thanks to a major investment by the city, as well as my partners in government who helped secure funds for this project, we’ve completed this $2.5 million makeover of downtown Pearl Street. The work involved converting Pearl Street from one-way to two-way from Tupper to Upper Terrace, improves pedestrian, biking and traffic flow, created even more construction jobs, and continues my administration’s strong commitment to infrastructure improvements citywide.”

The $2.5 million conversion of Pearl Street, funded via a $1.5 million city bond and a $1.0 million Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) grant from the state, complements the Main Street work, bringing two-way traffic and bike lanes down as far as Upper Terrace to connect to Canalside. The contractor on the project was CATCO Construction.

“This $2.5 million project is another great example of partnership in government improving the quality of life for residents of the Queen City,” said Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes. “I look forward to residents, tourists, shoppers and businesses being able to take advantage of downtown Buffalo’s continuously improving accessibility. Increased accessibility will make it easier for people to support local businesses and access public services. The Consolidated Funding Application process continues to deliver results due to streamlined access to state funding. I applaud Mayor Brown and Governor Cuomo on their efforts to meet the needs of our growing downtown district.”