A drive through the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus makes your head swivel as you take in all the new growth.
But the street network through and around campus makes your head swivel for a different reason: potholes and rough patches of road surface.
City officials have planned more than $400,000 worth of street milling and resurfacing this construction season for streets within the Medical Campus area bounded by Michigan Avenue, North, Goodell and Main streets.
They are also planning a long-term project to overhaul Main Street near the campus.
Topping the list of trouble spots is Main Street from Carlton to High streets, including the intersection of Allen and Main streets by the construction site of University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Some other areas to watch:
- Carlton Street: Brutal in spots, especially leading into Main Street.
- Michigan Avenue from Virginia to Goodell streets: Raised blacktop strips, manholes and a zebralike strip down the pavement.
- North Street: Bumpy just past the Anchor Bar.
- Main Street at Virginia Street: Very rough.
- Virginia Street between Ellicott and Washington streets: Very bumpy and chock full of uneven seams.
- Washington Street from Carlton, behind Hauptman-Woodward Research Institute: Bad road divots resembling the look of mole tunneling in the road.
- High Street: Unevenness just past the Conventus medical building as you approach the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.
Road milling and resurfacing to be done by the city this construction season calls for work on Michigan from Goodell to North, and even further north. Resurfacing also will occur on Carlton between Michigan and Main in front of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Other work to be done on High Street from Michigan to Main; and North Oak from Carlton to High streets.
John Papp, a server at Giacobbi's Cucina Citta restaurant in Allentown, dreads his short drive to work.
"It's like driving through ISIS territory, and I drive a Jeep Wrangler," Papp said of his commute on Main Street, which he now alters his route to avoid the nastiest bumps. "A road that is like that is like driving through Palmyra. My front end will be out of line."
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