Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown and South District Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon today announced Abbott Road in South Buffalo will undergo a major, multi-phase reconstruction, starting with the stretch between Southside Parkway and Meriden Street.
“This $3.9 million project is the first major makeover Abbott Road has seen in decades. This overhaul of Abbott Road includes improvements that will benefit motorists, pedestrians, residents and businesses,” Mayor Brown said. “This is just the first phase of a complete upgrade of this key South Buffalo corridor.”
“Abbott Road runs through the heart of South Buffalo, it is one of the main arteries of our community,” said Councilmember Christopher P. Scanlon. “Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of years of planning and public input. When all three phases of construction are complete, South Buffalo will have received a streetscape investment totaling over $10 million. This public sector investment will no doubt spur private development, making South Buffalo truly one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family.”
The scope of work includes: milling and repaving, complete replacement of sidewalks, curbs and underdrains, and new curb ramps and drainage improvements. Curb extensions and new traffic control signals at intersections, accessible pedestrian infrastructure, and a new City-owned LED street lighting system will also be installed.
Two-way vehicular traffic, using work zone signage and lane shifts as required, will be maintained for the duration of the projects. Parking will be restricted as needed for construction and signs will be posted to advise motorists. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained along one side of the road during the work.
A majority of the work is slated to be completed during the 2021 construction season.
Mayor Brown announced Moody’s Investors Service today informed the City of Buffalo, it has affirmed the City’s A1 credit rating. In its ratings rationale, Moody’s explained the continued A1 rating reflects an overall satisfactory reserve and liquidity position and an expectation that the financial position has stabilized.
The ratings service also its continued “stable” outlook reflects the expectation that the City’s reserves will remain sound through fiscal 2021 and that management will continue to manage its budget gaps.
Mayor Byron W. Brown today accepted a donation of 13,500 masks from the Ford Motor Co. and Local 897 of the United Auto Workers to help protect residents against the Covid-19 virus.
“Thank you to Ford and the UAW for this generous donation. These masks will be distributed through our senior and community centers city-wide,” Mayor Brown said. “This donation is a great reminder to Buffalo residents that mask-wearing remains essential to reducing the spread of Covid-19. While our vaccination rate is increasing, masks and social-distancing practices are still critical to avoiding another spike in cases and deaths.”
Protective masks were also given to residents of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s Sedita Senior Apartments, located next door to the City’s Richmond-Summer Community Center, where the donation took place.
The UAW and the Ford Buffalo Stamping Plant have donated more than 1 million masks to frontline workers and communities in Buffalo and across Western New York since the onset of the pandemic.
“With Spring-like weather we’re having, I encourage Buffalo residents to get outside and enjoy the many recreational facilities now open across the City,” Mayor Brown said. “I also remind residents that the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing, and visitors should continue to follow CDC guidelines by wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands regularly.”
Signs are posted at all courts and playgrounds displaying Erie County and New York State Departments of Health Covid-19 safety guidelines.
The City of Buffalo is continuing its effort to assist the Durham Memorial AME Zion Church’s Maternal Stress-Free Zone by collecting diapers, pull-ups and feminine hygiene products. The Diaper Drive, which kicked off with in-person donations at the Church on March 27th, will continue at City Hall through Friday, April 23rd.
Donations can be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office, Room 201, City Hall. Checks can also drop off checks to benefit the Durham program. Checks should be made payable to: Durham Maternal Stress-Free Zone.