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Casey Road in Amherst slated for pedestrian, bicyclist safety improvements

Pedestrians and bicyclists who travel on a 1.73 mile stretch of Casey Road in Amherst will see safety improvements.

The stretch from Casey Middle School to Transit Road has been the subject of community concerns, according to the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council. Improvements include sidewalks, bike lanes, better street crossing markings and a bicyclist and pedestrian rest area.

An inter-municipal agreement between Erie County and the Town of Amherst is required.

A state grant that will fund 80 percent of the $1.46 million project. The Transportation Alternatives Program grant contributes up to $976,000 toward the project's cost, with the town contributing a 20 percent match.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last month announced $112 million in transportation enhancement grants as a way to promote pedestrian and bicycle travel by improving roadway safety and increasing access. The Casey Road project was among $20 million earmarked for Western New York.

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