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Home > City Departments > Public Works, Parks & Streets > Kenmore Avenue Reconstruction Project

Kenmore Avenue Reconstruction Project

CITY OF BUFFALO
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, PARKS & STREETS
DESIGN SERVICES for the RECONSTRUCTION OF KENMORE AVENUE (CR-307)
Part I: Main Street (NY5) to Klauder Road
City of Buffalo, County of Erie
(NYSDOT PIN 5757.18)

Kenmore Avenue Reconstruction

The City of Buffalo and Erie County are progressing the construction for the reconstruction of Kenmore Avenue (CR 307) between Main Street and Klauder Road in the City of Buffalo, NY.  The project will involve the full-depth and mill & overlay roadway reconstruction of 1.0 mile of Kenmore Avenue from Main Street to Klauder Road. The primary goals of the project include upgrading the infrastructure, improving upon the safety and operation of vehicular and pedestrian facilities, and to revitalize this corridor which serves as a link between North Buffalo and the Towns of Tonawanda and Amherst to the north. The project will improve the configurations and width of existing travel and designated turn lanes to increase safety for motorists. Traffic control devices, such as traffic signals, traffic signs, and pavement markings will be replaced and updated to improve traffic flow and pedestrian/motorist safety. The traffic signals along the project corridor will be coordinated to improve continuity of travel. Geometric improvements at problem intersections will be implemented to improve motorist/pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

Landscaping improvements will include new amenities within the roadway rights-of-way to include new granite curbs, concrete sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk curb ramps, designated bicycle lanes, driveway aprons, trees, and crosswalks which will all help revitalize the corridor.

The project design and construction is constrained by several factors. The most significant of these are:

  • Right-of-Way (ROW) – the corridor is densely developed which limits the availability of ROW to expand the roadway cross section.
  • The mixed use nature of the corridor requires that both commercial and residential populations be accommodated.
  • Basic roadway geometry – the fundamental geometry with cross streets is set.  Improvements can however be made at the intersections.
  • Utilities – the corridor contains a significant number of utilities, both overhead and underground, that must be accommodated.

Project Team:

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Primary Funding Source (80%), Design Approval.
  • New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) – Funding Source (15%), Liaison for Federal Aid Process.
  • City of Buffalo– Funding Source (2.5%), Primary Project Administrator, Owner.
  • Erie County – Funding Source (2.5%), Assisting Project Administrator, Owner.
  • KHEOPS Architecture Engineering & Survey – Design, Construction Administration/Inspection Consultant.
  • Destro & Brothers Concrete Co., Inc. – Contractor.

Project Process:

  • Preliminary Design – Completed Summer/Fall 2010
  • Public Involvement – Open House held in Fall 2010 and Advisory Committee Meetings
  • Design Report / Design Approval – Completed Winter 2010/2011
  • Detailed Design – Completed 2013/2014
  • PHASED CONSTRUCTION – ONGOING 2015/2016 

Project Updates:
Additional pertinent project information will be posted to this website to keep the public informed about project progression.

  • 5/12/2015: 
    • Construction begins. 
    • The north side of the road was widened between Klauder Road and Englewood Avenue.  Work included new curbs, sidewalks, curb ramps, driveway aprons, drainage structures, and new fire hydrants.   
  • 6/15/2015: 
    • Full depth reconstruction of the south side of the road between Klauder Road and Englewood Avenue begins. Work included excavation of the existing road, new curbs, sidewalks, curb ramps, driveway aprons, drainage structures, new fire hydrants, permeable asphalt bike lane, and standard asphalt to binder course.
  • 7/14/2015:   University Heights Collaborative Meeting held at the Gloria J Parks Community Center
  • July 2015: 
    • Full depth reconstruction of the north side of the road between Klauder Road and Englewood Avenue begins.  Work included excavation of the existing road and standard asphalt to binder course.
  • August 2015: 
    • The north side of Kenmore Avenue was widened between Englewood Avenue and Radcliffe Road.  Work included installation of new curbs, sidewalks, curb ramps, driveway aprons, drainage structures, and new fire hydrants.
  • October 2015:
    • The north side of Kenmore Avenue was reconstructed between Radcliffe Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard.  Work included installation of new curbs, sidewalks, curb ramps, driveway aprons, and drainage structures.
  • Early November 2015:
    • The north side of Kenmore Avenue was widened between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Allenhurst Road.  Work included installation of new curbs, sidewalks, curb ramps, and driveway aprons.
  • 11/19/2015:
    • Work was suspended for winter shutdown
  • 3/14/2016: CONSTRUCTION SEASON RESUMED
    • The north side of Kenmore Avenue was widened between Allenhurst Rd and Windermere Boulevard. Work included installation of new curbs, sidewalks, curb ramps, driveway aprons, and drainage structures.
  • March 30, 2016 – May 27, 2016:

    • Widening of the south side of Kenmore Avenue between Englewood Avenue and Main Street. Work will include new curbs, sidewalks, curb ramps, driveway aprons, drainage structures, fire hydrants, and permeable asphalt bike lane.
    • The current work zone is located between University Avenue and Windermere Boulevard. 
    • Traffic has been shifted to the north side of Kenmore Avenue between University Avenue and Windermere Boulevard while the south side of the road is widened. 
    • The southern sidewalk is closed in this area.  Pedestrian traffic may use the sidewalk on the north side of the road.
    • Traffic signal improvements are on-going at the trail crossing, Dash’s, Englewood Avenue, University Avenue, and Niagara Falls Boulevard.
  • May 27, 2016 – July 8 2016:
    • Full depth reconstruction of the Englewood Avenue intersection. 
    • This intersection will remain open during the reconstruction with travel lanes shifted around the active work zones.  BE ALERT TO CHANGING TRAFFIC PATTERNS AS CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES.
  • Summer 2016: 
    • Pedestrian HAWK signal at trail crossing will be activated.
    • Top course of asphalt, final pavement striping, and sign installations throughout the corridor.  All sidewalks will remain open during this phase of construction.