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Posted on: April 2, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces $8 Million Streetscape Makeover for Buffalo’s Downtown Entertainment Dist.

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the City will make $8 million in infrastructure improvements along key corridors of the Downtown Entertainment District. Major street, sidewalk and streetscape upgrades will be made on Chippewa, Franklin and Court streets.

“These upgrades include repaving, complete sidewalk replacement and new curbing, as well as new City-owned LED street lighting, benches, plantings and other amenities. The goal is to make the Downtown Entertainment District a more attractive, friendly, and engaging place to be,” Mayor Brown said.

Work will kick-off Monday, April 5th on Chippewa St., between S. Elmwood Ave. and Franklin St. Improvements along Chippewa will include expanded sidewalks and special catenary lighting to accommodate increased outdoor activity along the downtown hotspot.

“When the Covid-19 pandemic began, we worked with entertainment district business owners to create a safe outdoor space on Chippewa Street that was extremely popular and kept many businesses open at a time when only outdoor and take-out food and drink was allowed,” Mayor Brown said. “As we transition out of pandemic life, we want to create a space that continues to support increased outdoor activities.”

Buffalo Department of Public Works Commissioner, Michael Finn, P.E. said that this project is the first announcement of many for the 2021 construction season.

“The 2021 construction season will be a busy one for the City of Buffalo. In addition to this work for the Entertainment District, work to replace the cables on the Michigan Street Lift Bridge and prep work for the paving of Main Street, from Ferry to Delavan, has already begun.”

Additional announcements will be made, including work in residential neighborhoods in all corners of the City, in the coming months as more work begins.

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation President Brandye Merriweather said the upgrades advance the City’s Race For Place agenda.

“Buffalo’s Race For Place initiative looks to create vibrant, walkable blocks that connect in a cohesive way to create an inviting experience for Buffalo’s residents, visitors and our talented workforce, while also supporting our local restaurants, retailers and businesses. This project is one of many that will further enhance Buffalo’s sense of place,” Merriweather said.

To accommodate the improvements, Chippewa St. will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 7 a.m. Monday from S. Elmwood Ave. to Franklin St. Intersections at S. Elmwood, Delaware Ave. and Franklin St. will remain open for North-South traffic.

Work on Franklin St. will start on Monday, April 12th from Court to Huron St. In addition to repaving, there will be a full replacement of the signal at the intersection of Franklin and W. Mohawk

streets.

Two-way vehicular traffic to be maintained in both directions as the Contractor will work on one side of the roadway at a time.

Chippewa St and Franklin St are anticipated to be constructed concurrently throughout the 2021 season. The Contractor will construct one side of the street (sidewalk, curb, travel and parking lanes) at a time in order to maintain a pedestrian access route on at least one side of the street at all times.

Infrastructure work on Court St. is anticipated to begin once the majority of construction is complete on Chippewa and Franklin, either late this year or in early 2022.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE DOWNTOWN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT


Cost/Personnel/Communication


Construction: $6,997,148.00                                      Contractor: Mark Cerrone Inc.

Inspection: $1,094,277.00                                          Consultant: Watts Architecture & Engineering

On-site Community Liaison/Resident Engineer:        Fred Brown, 716-380-3499, fbrown@watts-ae.com Field Office:               170 Franklin Street, Suite 601

Project Scope

Chippewa Street: South Elmwood Avenue to Main Street Franklin Street: Chippewa Street to Court Street

Court Street: Niagara Square to Main Street

All Corridors Work will include milling the pavement; hot mix asphalt concrete inlay; complete replacement of the sidewalk (including replacement at utility vaults); spot replacement of curb/underdrain; new curb ramps; new signs and pavement markings; curb extensions at intersections; improvements to the drainage system; a new City-owned LED street lighting system; replacement of (1) existing traffic control signal and improvements to the remaining signals including accessible pedestrian

 

infrastructure; street amenities; site restoration and other incidental work.

 

Chippewa St     Work will also include expansion of the sidewalk space on both sides; tree plantings and catenary lighting.

Franklin St        Work will also include a full replacement of the signal at Franklin St & W Mohawk St and a deeper milling of the pavement.

Court St            Work will also include refreshing the existing planters.

Construction Schedule & Info

Beginning Monday, April 5th, the following work will commence as major construction starts: 

o    Chippewa Street: Elmwood Ave to Franklin St will be closed to vehicular traffic.

∞ Vehicular through traffic north-south at Elmwood, Delaware & Franklin to be maintained.

∞ Local traffic only for driveway access to be maintained with Contractor coordination

Beginning Monday, April 12th, the following work will commence: 

  • Franklin Street: Court Street to Huron Street.

∞ Two-way vehicular traffic to be maintained in both directions as the Contractor will work on one side of the roadway at a time.

  • Chippewa St and Franklin St are anticipated to be constructed concurrently throughout the 2021 season.
  • Court St is anticipated to begin once the majority of construction is complete on Chippewa and Franklin, which is expected later in the 2021 season or early in the 2022 season.
  • Businesses are asked to remove and store any materials (patio café furniture, flower planters, etc.) in front of their buildings until after Construction is complete.
  • The Contractor will construct one side of the roadway (sidewalk, curb, travel and parking lanes) at a time in order to maintain a pedestrian access route on at least one side of the street at all times.
  • The Community Liaison will coordinate with the Contractor and businesses/residents to ensure the least amount of disturbance as possible during Construction.

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