ALBANY, NY (WKBW/NYSDOT) - Officials broke ground Tuesday on a project to address traffic safety on US Route 62 (Niagara Falls Boulevard) near Ridge Lea and Koenig Roads in the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda.
“The State Department of Transportation is proud to partner with elected officials, business and community leaders to continue, under the leadership of Governor Paterson, to improve our transportation infrastructure in a responsible manner,” said Acting Commissioner Gee. “The Niagara Falls Boulevard project design at Koenig and Ridge Lea Roads has earned a GreenLITES Silver award for providing significant benefits toward economic sustainability through enhanced pedestrian facilities and the re-use of materials which will minimize truck traffic in and out of the work zone.”
The Niagara Falls Boulevard, Ridge Lea and Koenig Roads project will address traffic congestion and safety concerns that have developed since the commercial build out of the corridor beginning in the 1990s.
Officials say the project will improve traffic flow and improve safety in the vicinity of the intersection by adding one travel lane in each direction on Niagara Falls Boulevard and adding a new traffic signal on the eastbound Interstate 290 ramp to Niagara Falls Boulevard southbound.
The eastbound Interstate 290 ramp will also be widened to two lanes for traffic entering southbound Niagara Falls Boulevard. Dual left turn lanes will be provided at the intersection of Ridge Lea and Koenig Roads onto Niagara Falls Boulevard.
For pedestrians, improvements will include new, wider sidewalks and shoulders, as well as new crosswalks, all of which meet federal American with Disabilities Act standards. Additionally, new pedestrian signals will be installed at the intersection of Koenig and Ridge Lea Roads, as well as where the Interstate 290 eastbound off-ramp meets Niagara Falls Boulevard southbound.
Construction is expected to be completed this winter.