Niagara Gazette

February 28, 2013

Buffalo Avenue detours forcing new traffic patterns

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Crews are resuming work on the long-awaited reconstruction of a portion of Buffalo Avenue.

Engineering consultants working on the project announced this week that detours will be back in effect starting Monday as CATCO of Alden, the firm awarded the nearly $10 million contract for the reconstruction project, attends to drainage system and sanitary sewer work that must be done before actual road repairs can begin. The reconstruction effort covers the particularly rough section of Buffalo Avenue between Veterans Drive and 63rd Street. 

The revised traffic pattern starting Monday is as follows:

• Buffalo Avenue traffic between 56th Street and the I-190 will be restricted to "one way westbound." The I-190 Thruway access ramps will remain open.

• Currently in place, the section of Buffalo Avenue between 56th Street and Hyde Park Boulevard will remain closed to vehicular traffic. Access will be maintained at all times for local traffic and emergency vehicles in this area. 

• Eastbound Buffalo Avenue traffic will be detoured to the north at Hyde Park Boulevard to Packard Road, Niagara Falls Boulevard and then south on the I-190 back to Buffalo Avenue.

• Buffalo Avenue between Veterans Drive and Hyde Park Boulevard will be open to traffic. 

The project is being overseen by Clough Harbour & Associates and Urban Engineers of New York. A spokesman for the project administrators said the new traffic pattern will be in place "until further notice."  

The second phase of the project, the actual road reconstruction and paving work, will begin later this year. Under its contract with the city, CATCO has until Jan. 14, 2014 to complete the entire project.

The city is responsible for 5 percent of the overall project cost, or roughly $49,900. The remaining 95 percent is being funded by the state's Department of Transportation.