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City Hallways (June 29) Checking up on Bailey Avenue bridges project

Steel beams. Concrete decks. Sewer pipes.

Construction and engineering crews are replacing the Bailey Avenue Bridges that span Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River.

The bridges were built in 1929. And more than 20,000 vehicles cross them every day.

The $20.9 million project began last summer in South Buffalo.

A land swap between the City of Buffalo and Erie County helped paved the way for the new bridges to be built next to the existing ones.

And that curve in between McKinley Parkway and Elk Street is being realigned, too.

But there’s more.

By the time the entire project is done by the end of 2018, there will be a newly paved roadway surface, new sidewalks, a water line, LED street lighting, new storm sewer, granite curb and landscaping.

There’s even going to be a park and a new parking area.

Last month, it was announced the project was about 50 percent done.

New York State and the federal government are kicking in 97 percent of the costs of the entire project. The city is paying about 7 percent.

It should look very nice when everything is completed.

 

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and your love of orchestra music.

Keep the July 4th celebration going with a free outdoor concert on July 6.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will play music from “Star Wars,” “Singing in the Rain,” “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as patriotic favorites.

It’ll all take place on the lawn of North Park Academy, 780 Parkside Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m.

Music starts at 7.

And what kind of outdoor event would be complete without food trucks?

Just Pizza, Ted’s Hot Dogs, Lloyd’s and more will be parked there.

Delaware Council Member Joel Feroleto is sponsoring the event.

 

Calendar item.

The Preservation Board meets at 3 p.m. in room 901 in City Hall.

 

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