AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — A lane closure that was scheduled to go into affect on Niagara Falls Boulevard Monday has been pushed back to Tuesday.
It's an effort to make the stretch of road safer. From 4:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. weekdays, the Northbound right lane will be closed. Crews will be out installing 104 new traffic lights to illuminate the corridor.
In an interview only on 7 Eyewitness News, Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa tells us that road closures are expected to begin on Tuesday, instead of Monday, as crews begin fixing lights on the streets.
"It's going to start at the 290 off ramp and go down to Tonawanda Creek," said Chris Schregel, the Principal Engineer Assistant with the Town of Amherst.
According to @Brian_Kulpa there will be small closures today. Think a few cones here or there, but not the major closures you’ll see tomorrow.— Jeff Slawson (@Jeffslawson) August 12, 2019
Schregel says the street lights are desperately needed for pedestrian and motorist safety.
"The New York State DOT did an initial study and identified issues, safety issues. We were able to obtain some funds," he said.
The project will cost more than 2 million dollars and is part of a larger effort to enhance safety on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Schregel says right now, most of the nighttime illumination comes from the plazas, car dealerships and businesses and these lights are desperately needed.
The construction will be ongoing for four months.