Million Dollar Project Improves Main Thoroughfare

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM EDT


Union Road in West Seneca is a main thoroughfare. Now, it is seeing some changes for the better.

"This is a $1.3 million project for 1.2 mile stretch along Union Road. Much needed project in the Town of West Seneca here," Congressman Brian Higgins said.

Senator Tim Kennedy explains.

"We're going to have new crosswalks, re-surfacing projects with new streetscape and new signage and benches," Kennedy said.

This is a project that has been in the works for quite some time.

"We were able to secure in the Federal Highway Bill of 2005 $800,000 for this project and the state came up with the rest," Higgins said.

Officials said the improvements will help make traffic run smoothly, improving the quality of life for residents. The project will also be good for business.

"This is obviously a very important business and commercial strip here in the town of West Seneca and across Western New York. There are thousands of cars that go through here every single day," Kennedy said.

West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan said this project would lead to bigger and better things.

"Knowing that West Seneca has a friend in government, the bottom line is that they realize the importance of West Seneca in this community and the surrounding communities," Meegan said.

Work is currently being done on the stretch of road from the Cazenovia Street Bridge to the Route 400 ramps. It is expected to be completed by November.