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.