Amherst Town Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa remembers a man in a motorized scooter recently driving straight across a deadly stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard, opting to not use a nearby crosswalk.
The man on the scooter saw unsafe sidewalk, and decided it didn’t matter if he ignored the crosswalk and drove onto the arterial street, Kulpa said.
Safety concerns haven’t been fully addressed along a 1.7-mile stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard between I-290 and Tonawanda Creek where six pedestrians have been killed in recent years, Kulpa and Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger said this week.
That’s why the supervisors have decided to act. On Monday they set out with a contingent of engineers to “audit” a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard just north of the I-290.
Kulpa and Emminger are now preparing a report to share with the state Department of Transportation on ways the agency can immediately address safety issues there.
That report will urge the DOT to address a strange design at the street’s Willow Ridge Road intersection, where people frequently walk outside of crosswalks to reach a bus stop, Kulpa said.
It also will recommend a fix to the Ellicott Creek Road intersection where drivers are able to speed south after turning onto Niagara Falls Boulevard, Kulpa said.
The DOT’s acting commissioner in mid-June announced other planned upgrades to Niagara Falls Boulevard, including signalized intersections.