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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Mayor Brown and Other Elected Officials Provide an Update on Phase 1 of Abbott Road Makeover

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins and South District Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon today to provide an update on the $11.2 million makeover of Abbott Road in South Buffalo. Phase 1 of this multi-phase reconstruction project began this past spring on Abbott Road, between Southside Parkway and Meriden Street, which is home to a number of longstanding businesses, including The Buffalo Irish Center.

“This $3.9 million project is the first major makeover Abbott Road has seen in decades and despite one of the wettest July’s on record, we’re pleased with the progress crews have made since the groundbreaking. As we continue to rebuild our economy after the pandemic, this overhaul of Abbott Road is an investment that is good for our residents and good for business, spurring more private development, while making transportation easier for everyone. I thank Congressman Higgins and Council Member Scanlon for their dedication and partnership on the Abbott Road project.”

Congressman Higgins said, “Infrastructure improvements lay the foundation for stronger business districts and neighborhoods. By making the necessary investments in public infrastructure we set the stage for longterm private sector investment. This stretch of Abbott Road is a critical South Buffalo artery connecting parks, retail, and restaurants to the neighborhood. These investments improve functionality and enhance the experience for pedestrian and vehicular traffic alike.”

“We’re only halfway through Phase 1 of the Abbott Road Streetscape Project, and it’s already apparent just how transformational this project is,” said Council Member Scanlon. “When completed, Abbott Road from Southside Pkwy to Dorrance Ave will receive an $11.2 million investment that includes a complete mill and overlay and feature brand new curbs, sidewalks, drainage, LED street lighting, traffic signals, andstreet amenities. Thank you to Congressman Brian Higgins and Mayor Byron Brown for being tremendous partners in government and recognizing the importance of this investment in South Buffalo.”

 The overall scope of Phase 1 work includes:

  • New curb ramps and drainage improvements
  • New signs and pavement markings
  • Curb extensions at two signalized intersections, which will also get new traffic control signals, as well as accessible pedestrian infrastructure
  • A new City-owned LED street lighting system will also be installed, along with streetscape amenities.

Work started in April of 2021 on the west side of Abbott Road at Southside Parkway. In a few short months,

crews have:

• Completed replacement of sidewalks and curbs, added new ADA ramps, and made drainage improvements on the west side of the roadway

• Installed curb extensions at two signalized intersections, which will also get new traffic control signals, as well as accessible pedestrian infrastructure

• Began installation of a city-owned LED street lighting system

• Started to shift construction operations to the east side of the road to begin sidewalk and curbing, followed by a mill and asphalt overlay of the roadway, as well as new signage and striping

• Design for Phase 2 is scheduled to begin later this year, with an estimated design and construction cost of $8.3 million

Two-way vehicular traffic, using work zone signage and lane shifts as required, will continue to be maintained for the duration of the project. Parking will be restricted as needed for construction. Signs will be posted to advise motorists. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained along one side of the road throughout the duration of

the project.

A majority of the work is slated to be completed during the 2021 construction season. The Abbott Road streetscape project is a continuation of the City’s commitment to strengthening business corridors in all corners of the city with fresh infrastructure to make them more walkable and attractive. In June, Mayor Brown announced a major milestone involving 3 other projects: Niagara Street Phase 3 (Hampshire to Forest), Main Street (Delavan to Ferry), and Walden Avenue (Genesee to Sycamore) all had final paving completed. This $14.9 million investment was part of an overall $58 million in infrastructure improvements scheduled for 2021.

Since taking office, the Brown Administration has invested over $290 million in infrastructure.

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