This is the third in a series discussing key intersections along the Scajaquada Expressway, as it is downgraded to a boulevard. Once again, the key elements to be improved upon at this Grant Street intersection are traffic calming on the boulevard and access and egress to Grant Street, Buffalo State College and surrounding neighborhoods. You can see that the on-ramps and off-ramps have been cleaned up and converted into intersections controlled by stoplights. As with other intersections along the boulevard, this plan helps to tie together roadways, while the new arterial environment frees up green space along the creek.
The plan allows for better bike path connectivity and additional sidewalks. While there is a wider green median along the creek, it is interesting to note that there is FINALLY a new pedestrian bridge (see below) leading from Buffalo State College to Wegmans and the Black Rock Neighborhood. Not that the Tops parking lot has anything to do with this project, but it would be nice to see some beautification improvements added to that sprawling parking lot (click to enlarge images). The Tops corner of Grant and Amherst is ugly and unfriendly – if Tops is looking to compete with Wegmans, then it would be nice to see it attempt to clean up its appearance from the street to the building.