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Council hears plan to open Meadow Drive to through traffic

A $2 million plan to extend the dead-end Meadow Drive and turn it into a through street has crept closer to reality.

Construction is expected to start soon, with the hope it will be completed in time to lead traffic to the new Walmart supercenter under construction.

The $15.5 million Walmart, at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Erie Avenue, is to open next summer, the same time City Engineer Dale Marshall would like the new sixth-tenths-mile stretch of Meadow Drive to be finished. The street will extend from Nash Road to Erie.

When the road is completed, Walmart shoppers will have a direct route to the store with fewer stop signs and less driving through neighborhoods, Marshall explained to the Common Council at a Tuesday evening work session.

Marshall explained that he designed the extension to be narrower -- 30 feet wide, instead of the 40-foot width of the current street -- in an effort to limit water pollution from road runoff, which increases as road surfaces widen.

This means there will be "a lot less salt on the road and a lot less asphalt to replace in the future," Marshall said.

At its meeting next week, the Council is expected to approve reviews that found no environmental obstacles to construction.

"We're going to put it out to bid this fall," Marshall said of the road construction project.

email: mkearns@buffnews.com

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