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Speed limit along Niagara Falls Boulevard reduced

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A new speed limit is taking effect along Niagara Falls Boulevard through Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda.

State Department of Transportation crews are replacing signs Tuesday and Wednesday, lowering the speed limit from 45 mph to 40 mph between I-290 and the Niagara County line.

Amherst is also installing new LED street lights along the boulevard between the I-290 and Creekside Drive. It is the first time that section of road has been lit.

Both projects are among the traffic calming measures being called for by area residents and a joint study by the towns. New York State is contributing $2 million toward improvements and a larger long-term plan.

That stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard is among the busiest for both Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda. It sees nearly one accident every day of the year and six pedestrians have been killed since 2013.

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