Two of Buffalo's biggest neighbors are coming together to address a dangerous and highly-trafficked road. Niagara Falls Boulevard acts as the borderline between the Town of Tonawanda and Amherst. There have been numerous pedestrian deaths on the road over the years.
Jenni Simek knows there is a long history of deadly pedestrian crashes on this roadway, making her extra cautious on her thirty minute walk from work every day. With no surprise, she's happy to hear changes could be coming soon.
“It's something that needs to be tamed. It's something that needs to be worked on. And it deserves our attention,” said Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa.
The two towns will work together to create a plan for the entire road over the next year to 18 months. A plan not just for safety.
“What we're trying to do is figure out what the best path for redevelopment is,” said Kulpa.
The towns will look to create a multi-decade charter for the future of the Boulevard.
“The question is, do we want the substantial changes to be dictated to us, in an unregulated fashion or do we want to steer the market to get what we want?” asked Kulpa.
Kulpa says there will be opportunities for the public to weigh in on the proposed charter.