State Budget Contains Funds for Ken-Ton Highway Projects

November 18, 2005

A list of local highway projects to be undertaken over the coming five years with state and federal transportation funds has been approved in Albany, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today.

“The 2005-06 state budget contained authorization for a Transportation Five-Year Capital Plan, and a detailed list of projects to be undertaken as part of that plan has now been finalized by the Governor, the State Senate and the Assembly,” said Schimminger. “Some $41.6 million is slated for improvements to state and county roads and bridges in the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore.”

Schimminger outlined the state highway projects as follows:

  • Reconstruction of the Youngmann Highway (I-290) – Niagara Falls Boulevard ramps at Koenig and Ridge Lea Roads.
  • Reconstruction of the Youngmann Highway – Niagara Thruway (I-190) interchange.
  • Reconstruction of the Sheridan Drive Extension – Kenmore Avenue intersection, including relocation of a rail crossing.
  • Repaving Grand Island Boulevard between Sheridan Drive and Two Mile Creek Road.
  • Repaving River Road from the Buffalo City Line to Sheridan Drive Extension.

The following Erie County Department of Public Works projects will be funded through the state transportation plan:

  • Reconstruction of Elmwood Avenue from Kenmore Avenue to Sheridan Drive.
  • Reconstruction of Kenmore Avenue from Main Street to Military Road.
  • Construction of the Tonawanda Rails to Trails bike/pedestrian trailway along an abandoned rail line between Kenmore Avenue and the Erie Canal/Tonawanda Creek.
  • Installation of traffic signals along Brighton Road and Colvin Boulevard.

Schimminger noted that the transportation package also earmarks funding for other area projects of interest to local motorists, including $62.9 million for the reconfiguration and reconstruction of the Youngmann Highway and Mainline Thruway (I-90) interchange and a total of $20 million for border crossing infrastructure improvements at the Peace Bridge and the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

“Completion of these projects will improve the highway infrastructure so much of our economy relies on, improve safety for our families and create new jobs. And, our support for the Erie County projects will help to ease the pressures on the county budget and on county taxpayers,” concluded Schimminger.