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More improvements planned for Niagara Street


Those who use Niagara Street for travel can look forward to more construction once the current massive work between Downtown and Porter Avenue is finished.

City planners want to re-do the street between Porter and Ontario, with work in 2017 and some of 2018. They were looking for public comment last night in D'Youville College.

"It's fantastic," offered Bob Shibley, Dean of UB's School of  Architecture and Planning.

"This project is one of those kind of glue projects that really starts to look at how we imagine a kind of storm water management, multi-way, bike, walk, bus and rapid bus kind of environment."

Shibley says when his department looked at the West Side near Niagara a quarter of a century ago, the big issue was safety, personal safety. Now, people in a changing ethnic neighborhood want improved traffic as well as ecological control of storm water.

Credit www.NiagaraStreetNow.org
The next phase of work along Niagara Street will run from Porter Avenue to Ontario Street.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.