Drivers on Main Street near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will see a bit of relief by the end of the month.
Makeshift pedestrian crossings and temporary dividing posts used to shift traffic lanes during the construction of a new University at Buffalo medical school are slated to be removed by the end of the month.
But drivers will have to wait on a bigger project to rebuild a stretch of the street riddled by potholes and bumps. That is expected to be part of a $10 million overhaul of Main Street that won't get underway until at least 2019.
The stretch of Main Street near Allen Street and the Medical Campus has been impacted for more than two years by the construction of a new home for UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Contractors are finishing up work on the building, including interior details, with the expectation it will open to faculty later this fall.
Temporary covered walkways on Main Street, yellow dividing posts and concrete barriers will start to be removed in about a week and are slated to be gone by the end of September, said general contractor LPCiminelli Vice President William J. Mahoney.
"There will be no more walking in the street," Mahoney said.
This week, workers began pouring new sidewalks near the medical school, where for several months, boxes of terra cotta panels used on the building were stacked behind construction fencing.
Work to repair potholes and bumps on the street will take longer. While a large city project to overhaul Main Street from Goodell Street to the medical corridor is still in the planning stages, city officials said earlier this year that they are planning to do temporary fixes for the worst sections near the Medical Campus.
The deteriorated two-block section between Carlton and High streets has been particularly noticeable for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.