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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > July 2015 > Pearl Street Two Way Conversion Project

Pearl Street Two Way Conversion Project

$2.5 million plan is designed to further improve pedestrian and vehicular access throughout downtown Buffalo; project is part of a $64 million investment for infrastructure improvement in 2015, bringing Mayor Brown’s total investment in infrastructure improvements to $154 million since 2006

July 24, 2015 – Mayor Byron Brown, joined by State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and State Senator Timothy Kennedy, today marked the start of work on the Pearl Street Two-Way Conversion project, a $2.5 million project - supported by a $1.5 million city bond and $1.0 million CFA grant from New York State - that is aimed at further improving pedestrian and vehicular access throughout downtown

“Thanks to a major investment by the city, as well as my partners in government who helped secure funds for this project, we’ve begun the $2.5 million makeover of downtown Pearl Street,” said Mayor Brown.  “The work involves converting Pearl Street from one-way to two-way from Tupper to Upper Terrace, improving pedestrian, biking and traffic flow, creating even more construction jobs, and continues my administration’s strong commitment to infrastructure improvements citywide.” 

The $2.5 million conversion of Pearl Street, funded via a $1.5 million city bond and a $1.0 million Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) grant from the state, will complement the Main Street work, bringing two-way traffic and bike lanes down as far as Upper Terrace to connect to Canalside. The contractor on the project is CATCO Construction.  

“This $2.5 million project is another great example of partnership in government improving the quality of life for residents of the Queen City,” said Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes. “I look forward to residents, tourists, shoppers and businesses being able to take advantage of downtown Buffalo’s continuously improving accessibility. Increased accessibility will make it easier for people to support local businesses and access public services. The Consolidated Funding Application process continues to deliver results due to streamlined access to state funding. I applaud Mayor Brown and Governor Cuomo on their efforts to meet the needs of our growing downtown district.”


“As we continue to see Canalside and Buffalo’s downtown sector flourish into a year-round destination, we need to ensure that visitors have direct, efficient access to the exciting opportunities available at our waterfront,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “Though this project, we’re creating a more welcoming gateway for pedestrians and bicyclists, and easing traffic congestion for drivers making their way through these streets. As work begins today, we’re reminded yet again that all levels of government are committed to enhancing Buffalo’s landscape and embracing the renaissance that we’re seeing.”

Project highlights include:

  • Conversion from one-way to two-way from Tupper to Upper Terrace
    • Traffic signals and signage will be installed/adjusted to support the conversion
  • Resurfacing of that entire stretch
  • Striping of the roadway for the following:
    • One vehicle lane in each direction
    • Bike lanes in both directions
    • Parking lanes will be maintained on both sides of the road

Most of the infrastructure will be installed this year with final paving and the complete conversion to 2-way traffic anticipated in Spring 2016.