A project to extend a path for pedestrians and bikes from Allen Street onto the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus most likely won't ramp up until spring 2018.
Work on the extension had been expected to begin this spring, but city officials are still doing preliminary, behind-the-scenes work.
"We're moving as fast as we can at this point with property acquisition and final design," said Michael J. Finn, city engineer. "The design calls for a shared-use pedestrian and bicycle path. The whole concept behind it is to connect campus workers and visitors with the Allen Street rail station."
The three-block extension will be a pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists from Allen and Main streets to North Oak Street and is part of $7.5 million of planned Allen Street improvements. The Allen Street Extension will run beneath the new University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, across Washington Street and go alongside the Kevin Guest House.
The Buffalo Common Council recently gave permission for the city to begin negotiating with some property owners to purchase about half a dozen strips of land owned by various Medical Campus stakeholders for the pedestrian pathway. Finn said all property owners are cooperating.
Neighborhood leaders hope the pedestrian pathway onto the Medical Campus will link the campus with the Allentown neighborhood.