SOUTH PARK AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 6:55 PM EDT

By ED REILLY

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October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 6:55 PM EDT

Work is progressing on the $2.3-million dollar project to redevelop South Park Avenue in Buffalo. Today, crews poured concrete for a new crosswalk and traffic signal to be located by the Sorrento - Lactalis Cheese Factory in South Buffalo.

Last year, Sarah Gregory was nearly killed when a car hit and pinned her against another vehicle as she was trying to cross the street. Gregory ended up having one of her legs amputated.

Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy said that making improvements near the scene of the accident was a priority. Plans call for new lights, curb enhancements, and a pedestrian countdown timer. "This will enhance safety for the 400 individuals who work at that critical business in the heart of the City of Buffalo", said Kennedy.

Next weekend, 400 trees are scheduled to be planted along South Park Ave. Re-Tree Western New York is supplying the $100,000 worth of trees. "We need 400 hundred volunteers to put in all these trees", says Paul Maurer from Re-Tree WNY. Organizers are asking people with pickup trucks and cargo vehicles to help out.

You can get more information and sign up to volunteer at any Consumer Beverage Store.

The South Park Redevelopment Program is scheduled to be completed this year - but contractors admit that weather may force work to continue next spring.