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Path to extend Allen Street to open on Medical Campus

Concrete has been poured for a one-block pedestrian and bicycle path that will run under the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to better connect Allen Street with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The one-block passageway under the University at Buffalo's new medical school is expected to open later this fall.

Construction crews are finishing metallic gray wall panels within the passageway, with work about to begin on metal ceiling panels, said William J. Mahoney, vice president of LPCiminelli, the general contractor on the medical school project. Granite will be added to the bottom of the passage's walls.

The path starts at Allen and Main streets, runs beneath the medical school to Washington Street. Benches, plantings and landscaping will round out the project.

"It's going to be beautiful and really open up the medical corridor to Main Street and west toward Allentown," Mahoney said.

The path is part of what will be a three-block extension of Allen Street that stretches to North Oak Street, as part of a $7.5 million city project to improve Allen Street.

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