New Safety Precautions in Place on South Park Avenue

January 12, 2011 Updated Jan 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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January 12, 2011 Updated Jan 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - New safety precautions are in place along South Park Avenue in South Buffalo following a tragic accident involving a local mother. Sarah Gregory was stuck by a car while trying to cross South Park Avenue near the Sorrento Cheese facility in September of 2009. Gregory lost her left leg in the accident after being pinned between two cars. Despite the long road to recovery, Gregory has always maintained a positive attitude and can now walk with a prosthetic leg. Gregory's motivation was the driving force for the South Park Avenue Revitalization Project, a plan aimed at ensuring pedestrian safety along the roadway. A traffic light and crosswalk has now been constructed right outside the Sorrento Cheese Facility.

"I'm always looking for the positive lining and this is a huge part of it," said Gregory. "To feel all that support and now to see the results of that, it's an amazing thing."

The revitalization project is a $2.5 million plan that stretches for two miles along South Park Avenue from the Lackawanna boarder to Bailey Avenue. Construction is expected to be complete by summer of 2011.