Allen St. sidewalks to get upgrade

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Five million dollars will be spent to improve the sidewalk situation on Allen Street. 

"(This will) completely reconfigure Allen Street so it is completely different from any other street in Buffalo" Jonathan White of the Allentown Association said. 

Construction is in two phases which will eventually cover all of Allen. The first, going from Main st. to Delaware, will begin in June of this year. The construction will expand the road by a foot, while introducing bollards to the parking areas on the street. The bollards can be moved to allow for more foot traffic during larger events. 

"What we are trying to do is make sure we can accommodate the different crowds that come down for different purposes" White said. 

The construction should take a few months which will put businesses on Allen in a difficult situation. 

"There's going to be a little pain before we get to some gain," Giacobbi's owner Michael Jacobbi said, "But i'm trying to look beyond that and what the street will look like aesthetically with all of the foot traffic that's going to happen here."

The construction will also add new street signs, benches, lights, and bike racks. Phase two will begin next year. 

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