Niagara Street is aiming to get some pretty awesome infrastructure heading its way. Niagara Street Now has posted a Design & Green Infrastructure Update, which showcases many of the possible developments being orchestrated by the Department of Public Works and the Buffalo Sewer Authority.
Taking a look at some of these plans, it’s easy to get excited about the future of Niagara Street, between the Porter Avenue and Ontario Street. It’s too bad that similar plans were not in place between the Porter Avenue and Elmwood – a gateway to Downtown Buffalo that could would have benefitted from similar design and green infrastructure initiatives.
At least the plans tend to get better and better as time goes along. If you have not already seen it, take a look at the Niagara Street Now presentation. It includes updates on the future of the Shoreline Trail, which could really use some enhancements. At the same time, it’s too bad that they are looking at sharrows from Hertel to Garfield Street – maybe at that point the sidewalk could be widened to accommodate bike-ped? Most of the rest of the plan has protected dedicated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Niagara Street.
Overall there are some exciting design/green advancements being featured that will most likely be rolled out.
The community is asked to provide feedback at this point.
- Design approval (including finalized environmental review) January 2017
- Final design presented to the public February/March 2017
- Ready for Bid April 2017
- Anticipated Construction Start July 2017
- Anticipated Construction Completion Spring 2019