Federal and state funds paired with Erie County, City of Buffalo
Construction project includes road rehabilitation, improved visibility with lowered rail track grade
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Wednesday Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator Peter Savage and Erie County Commissioner of Public Works John Loffredo to announce the next phase of construction set to begin on Kenmore Avenue.
Construction on the project's phase three is set to begin Monday, May 11, and will cover a 0.94-mile stretch of Kenmore Avenue between Main Street (next to the south campus of the University at Buffalo) and Klauder Road. The project encompasses one of the most heavily trafficked roads in the county's inventory.
This project will include the rehabilitation of the road surface, as well as lowering of the former railroad track grade to improve visibility and safety. Total costs for phase three are approximately $7.26 million, with federal funding accounting for 80 percent of that total ($5.808 million), the county and city splitting $1.221 million, and New York state contributing $231,000.
"The third and final phase of Kenmore Avenue's is set to begin and will bring needed improvements to the stretch between Main Street and Klauder Road, demonstrating once again what can happen when municipalities seek innovative and efficient ways to get projects done. By leveraging the assets and resources of federal, state, county and city partners, we are completing a project that could not be done by any one entity alone," Poloncarz said. "As I said in my 'Initiatives for a Smart Economy' address, today's economic realities make collaboration a necessity. This is a heavily traveled route, and its rehabilitation benefits both the county and the city.
"I want to thank our partners in government, Congressman Higgins, Mayor Brown and Legislator Savage, for their vision and willingness to collaborate to get this vital project done."
"Reconstruction on Kenmore Avenue has been desperately needed, and this collaborative effort fills another piece to the puzzle of improvements along this stretch of road," Higgins said. "This over $5.8 million federal investment in Kenmore Avenue enhances an important gateway to the local business district and area neighborhoods in both Tonawanda and Buffalo."
Phases one and two involved work on the street from Elmwood Avenue to Fairfield. In 2013, Erie County conducted a mill and overlay operation on a 1.11-mile stretch of the road from Colvin Avenue to Fairfield, followed in 2014 with the City of Buffalo performing a similar operation on a 1.01-mile stretch from Elmwood Avenue to Colvin. Phase three will involve the reconstruction of nearly a mile of Kenmore Avenue, from Klauder Road to Main Street.
"I am very pleased that the multimillion-dollar Kenmore Avenue reconstruction project is underway," Savage said. "Since taking office, ensuring that this project was fully funded and on schedule has been one of my top priorities, and I am proud to have worked with our partners at the county, city, state and federal levels of government to make this transformational project for Buffalo and Tonawanda a reality."
For more information on the Erie County Department of Public Works, visit http://www2.erie.gov/dpw/.