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Parker Boulevard eyed as a model for street, sidewalk design in the Town of Tonawanda

Parker Boulevard, between Englewood Avenue and Sheridan Drive, has been chosen by the Town of Tonawanda as a pilot project for the town's Complete Streets plan.

The Complete Streets plan calls for streets to be bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, with wider handicapped accessible sidewalks and ramps and traffic calming devices. The town plans to use Parker Boulevard as a model for future complete streets, using design alternatives by T.Y. Lin International of Buffalo.

Residents are invited to learn more about the design alternatives at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at the D.F.K. Pavilion, 1178-1210 Parker Boulevard in Lincoln Park.

The cost for the town's preferred alternative for Parker Boulevard will be about $750,000 and will be paid for with state funds. The project is expected to begin in 2018, said James Hartz, director of planning and development, who said the overall goal is pedestrian safety.

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