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Work under way on $2.5 million streets project in Lackawanna’s ‘epicenter’

The installation of new curbs along parts of South Park Avenue in Lackawanna represents the start of a $2.5 million project that will include repaving South Park and the eastern part of Ridge Road.

Construction will radiate from that intersection in the northern part of Lackawanna, which state Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo, described Tuesday morning as the “epicenter” of the city and perhaps the region. Nearby are two of the region’s cultural assets: Our Lady of Victory Basilica and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

“Our goal is to leverage private sector development,” Kennedy said at a news conference in front of the botanical gardens.

Both the two-mile stretch of South Park Avenue located within Lackawanna, as well as a mile of Ridge Road, between South Park Avenue and Abbott Road, also will be paved.

Late September is the target for completion, officials said Tuesday.