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Congressman Higgins, Mayor Brown Announce Completion Of Main Street Reconstruction For 700 Block

Jul 12, 2009
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins and Mayor Byron W. Brown today celebrated the restoration of the 700 Block of Main Street to two-way traffic, opening a critical section of Downtown Buffalo to the booming Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to the north and the planned restoration of car traffic to Main Street south of West Tupper Street.  The $2.2 million project began in August 2008.

“We aren’t just opening up a street, we are opening up new opportunities for economic development, job seekers, downtown residential living and tourism,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Through this conversion to two-way traffic we are bridging a critical connection between our downtown district and the growing medical campus.”

This was a Federal Aid project and is 80% reimbursable from Federal Funds, 15% reimbursable from State Marchiselli Funds and 5% City share. The total cost of the project was $2,207,172.25 (80% Reimbursable:  $1,765,737.80; 15% Reimbursable:  $331,075.84 5% City Share:  $110,358.62).

“Since taking office I said it was imperative to change this section of Main Street back to two-way traffic, which will help us reach our goal of returning cars to Main Street south of Tupper Street all the way to the Inner Harbor and the emerging Canal Side development,” said Mayor Brown. “Congressman Higgins has been a great ally in our effort to achieve this goal and he remains a strong advocate for accessing the necessary federal funds that will make the return of cars to Main Street a reality. This is a great achievement that bodes well for continued investment and development in downtown, the Buffalo Niagara Campus and our surrounding residential neighborhoods.”

The Cars Sharing Main Street project, which would open up additional portions of Main Street to vehicular traffic, is currently under an environmental review by the Federal Highway Administration.  Upon final decision, the project will move forward to the design phase.  Congressman Higgins secured $4 million in the 2005 federal transportation bill for the Cars Sharing Main Street project.  Over $10 million in additional federal and state funding is also available.   

DiDonato Associates, PE, PC, was the project consultant, including project design and construction inspection on the project. Destro & Brothers Concrete Co., Inc. was the project contractor.