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South Park and Ridge Road to be reconstructed in $2.5 million project

State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy this morning will announce a $2.5 million reconstruction of South Park Avenue and Ridge Road in Lackawanna, which have severely deteriorated over the last few years.

The restoration of both major traffic corridors is slated to begin in spring 2015.

The senator will discuss the complete reconstruction of South Park Avenue from the Buffalo city line to Blasdell, in addition to the overhaul of Ridge Road from South Park to Abbott Road. That section of Ridge Road is considered to be in the worst shape.

Additionally, Kennedy is pushing for additional funding through the state’s Transportation Alternatives Program to allow for further street upgrades, sidewalk improvements and pedestrian-and-bicycle-friendly improvements along those two arteries. It’s unknown how much additional funding is being sought through the state Department of Transportation.

Kennedy, who in May called on the state to help share the responsibility for the reconstruction and repair of the crumbling South Park Avenue and Ridge Road, has termed the news “critical progress” toward the revitalization of those roads.

He will make an official announcement at 11 a.m. at the intersection of South Park and Ridge.

The City of Lackawanna has struggled for years with financial challenges and a strained tax base, limiting its ability to rehabilitate the two roads, which carry large volumes of commercial and residential traffic daily.