State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo, has asked the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council to move the re-paving and re-striping of South Park Avenue in Lackawanna to the top of its priority list as it updates the region’s Transportation Improvement Program.
The resurfacing is expected to cost upwards of $2 million. Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski said the city doesn’t have the money for the project and can’t wait much longer for the work to be done because the road is in deplorable condition.
In a Feb. 6 letter to the GBNRTC, which helps prioritize funding requests for regional road projects, Kennedy said re-paving and re-striping of South Park Avenue in Buffalo has made the street safer for bicyclists, while slowing traffic for pedestrians and making the area more attractive for businesses.
In January, Kennedy also proposed a bill that would designate South Park Avenue in Lackawanna as a state highway, to be plowed and maintained by the state Department of Transportation, and relieving the city of those costs.
Also this week:
• The City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at City Hall, 714 Ridge Road.