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Roughest Patch of Main Street Nears Completion

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – Motorists who have suffered through months of construction chaos on Main Street in Buffalo are about to be rewarded. Officials said the newly configured intersections at Kenmore Avenue and University Plaza should be finished in about two to three weeks.

If you have been wondering where they moved Kenmore Avenue, the lights are now hung and soon will point the way.

Of course, navigating around a maze of orange cones and giant construction vehicles still makes it a bit difficult to find the new T intersection.

Project Manager John Bidell said the confusion was to be expected.

"I mean trying to take what is normally a four lane road down to two lanes and put all that volume in a small span, it definitely constricts them at times," said Bidell. "Where trying to get [people] adjusted to the, shall we say, the entrance point for Kenmore, which is down a distance from where it was at the University Plaza entrance."

Amazingly, Bidell said they have not had any serious accidents since construction began in early May. And there is an end in sight.

"Both sides of the roadway will done , from Kenmore down to Allenhurst, probably in two to three weeks," said Bidell. "Then the work will start from the University Plaza entrance down toward Bailey. And all that should be done by about the middle of November."

Bidell said soon motorists and pedestrians will find vast improvements in place of the current mess.

In addition to the new intersections, there will be safer, new crosswalks, two mini-parks, medians and a synchronized traffic light system.

The remainder of the Main Street reconstruction project, further into the city, will continue next year.