Ohio Street conversion getting underway

April 1, 2014 Updated Apr 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Ohio Street conversion getting underway

April 1, 2014 Updated Apr 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM EDT

The long-awaited conversion of a 1.4 mile-long stretch of Ohio Street into a tree-lined parkway will officially begin Tuesday.

The $11.3 million project, many years in the making, is designed to better connect downtown Buffalo with the Outer Harbor by turning a commercial-based stretch of Ohio Street into a more pedestrian and vehicle friendly roadway. Work includes creating bike and walking paths. The project will run from Michigan Avenue south towards Route 5 and Fuhrmann Boulevard.

Funds for the project came from federal allocations secured by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and city dollars from Mayor Byron Brown.

National Grid will also invest $4.2 million for conduit and other electrical work.

Catco Construction was the project's low bidder.

The project should be completed by early 2015.

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