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Canalside boardwalk to be extended next spring

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The wooden boardwalk along Buffalo's Canalside will soon be extended all the way to the end of Main Street. Officials voted Monday morning to green-light the project.The move will involve the replacement of about 500 feet of asphalt walkway with more wooden boards, extending the Central Wharf's existing boardwalk.

Sam Hoyt, regional president of Empire State Development, is one of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation members who authorized the contract for the project. According to Hoyt, work will begin in October with the project due for completion in late April.

"The original boardwalk, of course, is all wood and it has these nicely designed fences," said Hoyt. "When we extended it originally (in 2011), it was just asphalt and a chain-link fence. We knew, ultimately, that temporary extension needed to be consistent with the beautiful boardwalk that exists in the north end."

Sanborn-based Scott Lawn Yard, Inc. will lead the job, with some work subcontracted to Williamsville-based Martin Piling and Lumber, Iroquois Bar Corporation of Lackawanna and Rand and Jones of Buffalo.

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.