Construction begins Tuesday on a $600,000 project that elected officials hope will ease traffic flow on Parkside Avenue.
The project will convert Parkside Avenue into a 3-lane roadway, from Florence avenue to Amherst street, and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
This isn't the first or last attempt to change traffic pattern and habits on a major route. Hamburg, for example, made a considerable investment into not only redesigning Buffalo and Main streets, but the area as well.
The results had a positive affect not only on traffic but property values along Route 62. The study, released back in 2011, found that, "annual building permits in the village skyrocketed, tripling in 2006, and doubling again in 2010. Average property sale value along Route 62 increased by 169%."
Speed limit was recently reduced from 50 mph to 30 mph on Route 198 after a child was struck and killed by a car in Delaware Park. There have been questions as to whether the speed limit will increase on Rt.198. Residents living in the surrounding neighborhoods have complained about drivers using their streets to bypass routes to avoid the slowdown.
The City Of Buffalo are making improvements to Niagara Street, from Niagara Square to Ontario Street. The city is looking to make it more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, as well as improve traffic conditions.