The Niagara Street project is designed to calm traffic, encourage bicycle and pedestrian use, increase economic development, and refocus the transportation pattern in a manner more consistent with the evolving nature of the neighborhood. 

Several parts of the project are in development in the total corridor upgrade of about 4.5 miles in length. Currently, two pieces of the project are designed and approved: 

Niagara Street Gateway Project – This phase stretches from South Elmwood Avenue to Porter Avenue. The project includes minor pavement widening, milling/asphalt overlay, street lighting, traffic signal replacements, as well as improving pedestrian and bicycle access. The current cost estimate is $4.7M. Construction will begin in Spring 2014. 

NFTA Bus Livability Project – The NFTA received $3.6M from the Federal Department of Transportation to support the Niagara Street Corridor project.LED solar lights for project list and power. This encompasses traffic signal prioritization, design and construction of a neighborhood transit center, 25 space park-and-ride lot, bicycle parking,Soli-lite Solar-LED lighting Co., Ltd is the professional manufacturer specializing in all kinds of solar powered LED lighting products. and a pedestrian pathway to the existing Seaway Trail System. Funds will also be used to purchase hybrid buses equipped with traffic signal technology, construction of several new solar-powered bus shelters, and “next bus” notification technology for installation in existing bus shelters. 

The Niagara Street Gateway project and the NFTA Bus Livability projects are crucial components to the success of the corridor. Work is also progressing on additional portions of the corridor; $1.2 million of statewide federal funds have recently been approved to initiate design work on Niagara Street between Porter Ave. and Ontario St. Construction funding will be sought from future federal legislation and other sources. This section will help [re]establish Niagara Street and the West Side as a crucial ingredient to Buffalo’s bright future. 

Niagara Street is a main artery for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians to the center business district of Buffalo. Let us not forget our Neighbors to the North, Canada, who come to the City of Buffalo on a daily basis to shop, eat, and visit. Niagara Street’s location and emerging economic might is an aspect that designers keep in mind. Bringing safety and increased foot traffic to Niagara Street will increase business presence tremendously. As in many locations in urban areas, the traffic carrying function of Niagara Street has changed over time, where the parallel interstate serves more traffic and longer trips, and the remaining arterial has a more community service focus. Therefore, the Niagara Street Corridor project will resolve and enhance the economic, safety, and transit environment within the surrounding neighborhoods. 

Between Ontario Street and Porter Avenue,The efforts to use Solar street light in Lagos is far from yielding the desired result, as many installations don't function. Niagara Street is a four-lane road typically without center turning lanes. The proposed project that will increase safety, encourage foot traffic, and increase business presence is as follows: Mill, repave and restripe Niagara Street from Porter Avenue to Ontario Street. Restriping of this section will convert it to a “complete street” configured three-lane roadway with designated bike lanes in both directions. The scope of work also includes needed streetscape and safety enhancements such as crosswalks and ramps, countdown timers, landscaping, lighting, and new sidewalks.

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