Buffalo, NY—Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the City’s priorities if there is a major federal infrastructure bill. A $206.5 million plan for infrastructure projects across the entire City of Buffalo that will improve the quality of streets, sidewalks, and bridges. In addition to making necessary repairs and improvements, these projects will also increase residents’ mobility options by embedding “complete street” design principles into the corridors serving residential and commercial districts throughout the City. The People’s Transportation Infrastructure Agenda was created with input from the City’s Department of Public Works, the Office of Strategic Planning, direct input from residents and businesses through the Office of Citizen Services, and feedback from the Common Council received during the Capital Budget planning process.
Mayor Brown said, “The projects we have identified will have the greatest positive impact on residents’ quality of life and the development of a vibrant commercial environment across the City. As federal leaders discuss the various ways we can restart the economy, I want them to know that any infrastructure spending should be dedicated to impactful projects that directly help people in the greatest way possible, stimulate job creation and provide residents with more mobility options.”
The City-wide list of projects being proposed and are categorized by the following types:
A complete listing of projects is listed below. Included in this request are emergency funds for the Michigan Street Lift Bridge and other projects which require immediate attention. The failure of the federal government to adequately invest in urban infrastructure is a challenge facing cities across the nation. According to a December 2019 study by the Brookings Institute on city infrastructure, spending on just infrastructure maintenance accounts for 60% of all infrastructure spending in this country. Maintenance and operation costs rose by over $23 billion between 2007-2017; this leaves little funding left for new investments and the necessary infrastructure redesigns needed to accommodate new modes of transportation and greater integration of digital and hard infrastructure necessary to address the needs of residents and businesses. Only the federal government can fill this investment gap while state and local governments struggle to keep the infrastructure they currently have in working condition.
As leaders in Washington are contemplating infrastructure spending as a way to jumpstart the stalled economic recovery, Mayor Brown is advocating that they fund projects that will connect neighborhoods with commercial corridors and redesign streets and structures to better accommodate the different modes of transportation City residents are seeking to utilize. This approach will not only improve the quality of infrastructure and create jobs but also help eliminate the racial and economic disparities past infrastructure policies contributed to the creation of.
List of Proposed Projects
Main Street - Goodell to Ferry Streetscape* Main Street - Ferry to Humboldt Streetscape
Michigan Avenue – South Division to East North Streetscape Abbott Road – Cazenovia to Dorrance Streetscape*
Allen Street Reconstruction - Delaware to Wadsworth* Fillmore Avenue – Main to Kensington Streetscape Jefferson Avenue - Main to Best Streetscape*
Bailey Avenue – Winspear to Delavan Streetscape* South Park Ave - Abbott to Dorrance Streetscape Parkside Avenue Traffic Calming, Amherst to Hertel
Buffalo City-wide Roadway Repair Phase 2 – 4 (includes repair work on: Hertel, Delaware, E. North, William, Walden, , Kensington, E. Ferry, W. Ferry, Elmwood, Amherst, Military, Seneca, and Winspear) Advancing Federal funding to these important arterial corridors will allow the City to stretch its funding farther to streets that are not eligible for Federal funding including, Commonwealth, Taunton, Reiman, Ideal, and Benzinger.
Perry Blvd. Streetscape
Niagara Street - Hertel to Ontario Complete Street Design Extension Niagara Street - Porter to Hampshire Complete Street Design Extension Grant Street Streetscape
City-wide Traffic Calming/Bicycle Facility Improvements including E & W Delavan, S. Elmwood and Bailey Ave City-wide Slow Streets Implementation
Two Way Conversion, Franklin/Swan/Seneca City-wide Brick Street Rehabilitation Cazenovia Creek Shoreline Stabilization Louisiana Street Bridge Rehabilitation
Ohio Street Lift Bridge Rehabilitation* Dewey Avenue Bridge over CSX*
Elk Street Bridge over CSX*
South Park Loop Bridge Replacement*
W. Ferry Street Lift Bridge, Phase 2 Michigan Ave. Lift Bridge
Kensington Bridge Replacement over CSX
Warren Spahn Bridge Replacement over Caz Creek Cazenovia Street Bridge Replacement over Caz Creek Cars Sharing Main St - Exchange to Seneca
Cars Sharing Main St - Seneca to Swan Cars Sharing Main St - Swan to Church Cars Sharing Main St - Mohawk to Court Cars Sharing Main St - Court to Church
*Projects partially funded that need additional dollars to complete the scope or to extend the project limit.