Contract Awarded for 600 Block of Main Re-Traffic Project

Mark Cerrone, Inc. has been awarded a $6,271,981 contract to return one lane of north and south vehicular traffic along downtown’s 600 block of Main Street — a stretch between Tupper and Chippewa streets in the Theater District.
“I am pleased that work to the 600 block of Main Street will soon begin,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown, noting that completion of the $2.2 million 700 block redevelopment project brought immediate private sector investment.  ”This is another important step in returning cars to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo, which has been one of my goals since taking office.  It’s essential to link the dynamic development activity of the rapidly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus with the continuing growth of residential, cultural and commercial activity throughout downtown.”
Construction is scheduled to start this fall; the total cost of this phase of the project is about $8 million.  The 600 block work will extend what has already been completed on the 700 block of Main Street and serve as a prelude for the next phase of “Cars Sharing Main Street,” the prominent stretch between Chippewa and Huron streets. Work on the 500 block stretch could cost as much as $20 million.  Last year, the City sought and won a $15 million federal grant, which coupled with $10 million already secured from the state, that will fund the street work.
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In the 600 block, plans include the installation of bike lanes, 45 parking spaces, five loading zones and 49 street trees and 22 planters. New light and sign poles will also be installed as part of the project. This will be the first block that vehicular traffic will be returned to Main and will share the track bed with light rail cars.

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34 comments
Cpt_Buff
Cpt_Buff

Take care of the trees in front of your house. I grew up with a large tree in front of my house and one in my backyard. My grandma who lived next door had a large tree in her front yard. And my parents took care of them. If you care about the appearance of your neighborhood/house, then keep it up.

MikeN
MikeN

I know this is a random question perhaps for this spot but it seemed to be the most logical place to put it but does anyone know why the fast food restaurants moved out of the Main Street locales. Arby's, Burger King. There ought to have been sufficient enough of a clientele from a Monday - Friday work crowd. I know there is currently on Main at least Globe, two Subways, two Just Pizza's, two Tim Hortons, a Charlie the Butchers, a Coffee Culture, multiple hot dog carts, then short distance Pearl Street, now the PanAM.

In addition it would be an interesting article or discussion of stores that could go on Main and actually survive especially since a store that rhymes with SMarget has launched its city prototype and digital retail, Iprods/Ebooks etc are changing the distribution of retail.

Seems to me thrift stores that would serve both the up and down markets might do fairly well.

Buffaboy
Buffaboy

Now this makes anybody feel like their in a big city!

saltecks
saltecks

This is one project that should be expedited, if possible. Five years forward is too long a time span, especially when we know of at least one major convention that Buffalo lost due to the condition of main street and the surrounding area.

grad94
grad94

as i say over and over again, if metro rail killed main street retail, then what killed it at pretty much the same time in rochester, syracuse, utica, and albany, which have always had traffic on their main streets?

what metro rail did and never gets credit for is halt the demolition of main street buildings for surface parking. the transit mall portion of main street is essentially intact today thanks to metro rail.

i hope i am wrong but i fear that cars on main street means business owners blackmailing the city into demolitions. as in "i can't open/run/expand/save my business unless i can demolish the building next door for free off-street parking."

paulsobo
paulsobo

I was making an analogy...a metaphor...a comparison

millertime486
millertime486

Putting traffic back to main street actually got me thinking about genesee street. The atrium and convention center are in the way of reopening that. So I was thinking about what to do with the convention center. I'm sure someone else has thought of this but why not make the Trico building into mixed use convention center with a hotel and some other stuff too. I think a convention center right next to the medical campus would be great! We could have larger medical conferences, etc. Then we would be one step closer to allowing traffic return to all of genesee as well. Just a thought. What do you guys and gals think?

PaulBuffalo
PaulBuffalo

Agreed. The ding-ding sound at the railroad crossing on Main Street will add cache.

Captain Picard
Captain Picard

Nah...those stores are focusing on Toledo, Ohio and Gary, Indiana.

millertime486
millertime486

Does anyone know how they are going to keep cars from going past Chippewa? Will they just put up big do not enter signs until the rest is complete? I can't wait for this project to get started though! I think it's gonna be really nice

TranspoGuy
TranspoGuy

Who cares about up voting or down voting? If you're making a comment only to see how many "votes" you get, you shouldn't be commenting, it is arbitrary.

longgone
longgone

How the heck does the above comment get down voted? What is the matter with you people?

I guess ignorance is bliss in the Buffalo Rising bubble.

BuffaloRox
BuffaloRox

The city has apparently scheduled the 2-way conversion of Pearl Street for summer of 2013.

JSmith
JSmith

I think the conversion of Pearl Street to two-way traffic is supposed to be happening this year. IIRC, there was money earmarked for it in the city's capital budget. But I haven't heard anything about it recently.

300miles
300miles

I think the new tree planted on 700 block had their own irrigation system. Is that true? and will it continue with the rest of the Main St project? If so, then those trees have a better chance at survival than any other city street.

brownteeth
brownteeth

Sorry, I meant actual work. I'm sure this project has been in the planning stages for years, like most. I want to see a bulldozer ripping up concrete and a demo company cutting down those hideous steel arches! Something tangible.

leggomyeggo
leggomyeggo

Colvin. When was the last time the city put a cent into that road north of Hertel? And they need to hire a different engineering firm and contractor to do it right, the intersection of Colvin and Hertel isn't that old and is absolute garbage already.

bradman
bradman

In the past 5 years, the city has repaved or completely reconstructed several major streets, including Tupper east of Delaware, Elmwood north of 198 and a stretch in the village I believe between Summer and Ferry, Porter Avenue (complete reconstruction), Delaware north of 198, Main Street north of 198 (complete reconstruction), Summer Street, West Ferry between Delaware and Richmond, South Park Avenue, and I believe Seneca Street. There are additional projects in the pipeline including major upgrades/reconstruction of Allen and Chippewa.

Yes, other streets are crumbling and need to be redone (Delaware from Niagar Square to Gates Circle, Pearl Street, Franklin), but it's not like the city is standing still, they have finite resources and many streets need complete reconstruction, including new sewers, drainage, sidewalks, curbs and streetlights, not just a fresh coat of asphalt. Porter Avenue is a good example of what the city can accomplish if they do this all at once instead of piecemeal.

SadLlama
SadLlama

It has started, the planning process has been well underway with the building owners involved.

SadLlama
SadLlama

The city clearly has not done a good job at maintaining the new tree's planted. The good news is that Buffalo Place is pretty much dedicated to the street and they currently take good care of the current flowers/trees.

ByronBrownsTie
ByronBrownsTie

Do you think we can use some of the money we've been getting from the state and federal level and perhaps pave something? Elmwood, Delaware, Franklin, Pearl, Tupper or Main?

Our infrastructure is deplorable.

mbiddle
mbiddle

When is this portion of the project slated for completion? 2013?

Buffalogni
Buffalogni

The city does not have the resources to take care of any problems of this nature. The city needs to step back in a big way and give freedom to the citizens to take charge. Meanwhile, the citizens have to step up and start taking care of things themselves. If you see a messy empty lot, clean it. Take care of trees near your house. Remove graffiti in your neighborhood etc etc.

brownteeth
brownteeth

If the funds are secured for the 500 block already why not start that now too?

Allentwnguy
Allentwnguy

It's just not the ghetto. When I moved in the tree in front of my house was almost dead. I called and ultimately spent almost 400 dollars of my money to get the work done. 6 years later it is thriving and needed to get trimmed and shaped as per the arborist I had hired originally.

I spoke to the city forestry division for two years to get the work done. It is their tree and they will get in your face about cutting things yourself as they did the first time I called. The last call I was told that we can do work on the tree that is in front of our houses. They changed the law to allow the homeowner to take care of a city problem. Go figure.

Jesse
Jesse

That's what that extra $1 is for.

Tim
Tim

I've missed you!

crescent1251
crescent1251

If 45 new trees are to be planted, funds should be put aside to save and replant existing grown trees.

crescent1251
crescent1251

Yes. Clear bullet proof glass that will not obstruct view or look like a cage in the middle of the street.

ladyinwhite
ladyinwhite

This is great news. With traffic returning it's pretty set in stone that retail will also return. I bet SAK's, Macy's, A&F and Nordstrom are all salivating at the mouth at the prospect of opening here in Buffalo on Main street!

MrGreenJeans
MrGreenJeans

$1,000,000 won't buy a single block of double-track light rail. Are you using figures from 1950? 1940?

ps - Downtown was rapidly heading down the toilet well before any rail construction; if anything, the construction disruptions just hammered a nail or two a little more forcifully into Downtown Retail's coffin. Much of Main Street was already a stinky, moldering dump of abandoned stores by the late 1970s. North of Ulbrich's was mostly a sad mess. I still shudder at the memory of the cold, mildew-laden stench of rot that came from those places.

Tax dollars were at work, with Jimmy Griffin funneling all the Fed money into Downtown, where it was stolen or flushed away while the neighborhoods did a nose-dive into slumhood & thousands fled to the 'burbs. House builders in West Seneca, Orchard Park, Amherst (and now Clarence, Lancaster, etc) all owe many thanks to the 'government' of Buffalo, for sending them 100,000+ customers.

STEEL
STEEL

Hope there is a new fence design for the train opeiing wall included.

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