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Final phase of Kenmore Avenue reconstruction gets underway Monday

From News Staff Reports

The final phase of reconstructing Kenmore Avenue on Buffalo-Town of Tonawanda border is set to begin Monday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced Wednesday.

Phase III of the project will cover nearly a mile stretch of Kenmore between Main Street, next to the University at Buffalo South Campus, and Klauder Road, and will include repairing the road surface, as well as lowering of the former railroad track grade to improve visibility and safety.

Poloncarz said the three-year-long joint project between the city and county is a demonstration of what can happen when municipalities seek innovative and efficient ways to get projects done.

“By leveraging the assets and resources of federal, state, county, and city partners, we are completing a project that could not be done by any one entity alone,” Poloncarz said.

“As I said in my ‘Initiatives for a Smart Economy’ address, today’s economic realities make collaboration a necessity. This is a heavily traveled route, and its rehabilitation benefits both the county and the city,” he added.

Total costs for Phase III are about $7.26 million, with federal funding accounting for $5.8 million or 80 percent of the cost. Both the county and city will share $1.221 million of the cost, with the state contributing $231,000.

Phases I and II of the Kenmore Avenue project involved work from Elmwood to Fairfield avenues. In 2013, Erie County conducted a mill and overlay operation on a 1.11-mile stretch from Colvin to Fairfield avenues, which was followed up in 2014 with the City of Buffalo performing a similar operation on a 1.01-mile stretch from Elmwood to Colvin avenues.

Buffalo owns the south lanes of Kenmore Avenue, while the county owns and maintains the northern half. In 2013, both municipalities agreed to assume responsibility for repairing different seconds of the road.