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Work on Cars Sharing Main Street project creates flurry of Canalside activity

Work continues on the effort to restore traffic to Lower Main Street, with construction crews concentrating their efforts on the southeastern section of Canalside between Exchange and Scott streets.

Buffalo Place Manager of Planning Debra Chernoff said the nonprofit downtown organization is "doing our best" to keep building owners and tenants apprised of what to expect.

"To their credit, the engineers, DiDonato Associates, and the contractor, Mark Cerrone, have been doing a really good job when they can," she said. "It’s unavoidable to be a problem for some businesses, but they’re doing their best."

New catenary poles for the trains have already been installed, and the sidewalk has been almost entirely removed. Meanwhile, workers focus on completing the sub-base and preparing for the precast concrete panels to go in. And new electrical conduit is also being set up.

On the other side of the block, at Washington and Scott, other work continues on relocating the utilities at the site where Benderson Development Co. is planning its next construction project.

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