Work to make Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Kenmore safer for pedestrians and bicyclists is expected to begin Tuesday, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced Monday.
The project includes new 6-foot sidewalks, new driveway aprons and curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act that will run along the entire east side of Elmwood in the village, from Kenmore Avenue to North End Avenue.
The $803,000 project also calls for reclaiming portions of the right-of-way between the street and sidewalk that were paved over and returning them to greenspace.
The plan – “Elmwood Avenue Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements” – will not only improve the street's appearance, but also provide safer access for pedestrians traveling to a community facility on Elmwood such as Mang Park, according to village officials.
The village and Erie County in 2014 received a $700,000 award under the federal Transportation Alternative Program to beautify the major commercial and residential corridor, which lacks greenery and landscaping. The village is funding the remainder of the project.