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City close to completing two-way conversion of Pearl Street

Some key roadwork projects in the City of Buffalo are taking place this week, with officials working to get jobs completed before the weather turns colder. Paving is underway on Warren Spahn Way in South Buffalo’s Cazenovia Park. The work comes as part of a $300,000 dollar infrastructure improvement project taking place throughout the city.

Improvements to the street are vital to the area, according to Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak

“It’s a very active park. We have quite an extensive park improvement program going out citywide and this is one of the issues that we had with that park is the road surface,” he said.

Stepniak says his department aims to finish the roadwork soon

“We’re looking at completing this week, weather dependent. We will have all the milling finished, that’s taking off the top surface, and we will be putting the pavement down, again weather permitting, this week.”

Meanwhile, work is continuing on the conversion of Pearl Street to a two-way street. The $2.5 million project began last year and will create two-way traffic and bike lanes down to Commercial Street and Canalside.

“They improve the road surface but what they also do is they allow accessibility,” Stepniak said. “Look at Pearl Street. Pearl Street, because all of the increased activity, it allows for two-way access and parking on the street, which gives the people the ability to get to where they want to go, get in and out and park when they have business to conduct in the city.”

The one-way lanes will be converted to two-way lanes from Tupper Street to Lower Terrace. The project also includes the implementation of new traffic signals and signs.

The conversion is expected to be completed by the end of next week, weather permitting.