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Home > Leadership > Mayor > News Room > Mayor Brown Announces First in a Series of Next Generation Design Projects

Mayor Brown Announces First in a Series of Next Generation Design Projects

July 18 – Mayor Byron W. Brown, State Senator Timothy Kennedy, and South District Council Member Christopher Scanlon today announced the scope of a $5 million infrastructure improvement project in South Buffalo. The project, funded in last year’s State Budget as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s key priority infrastructure advancement plan, includes the rehabilitation of the Warren Spahn Bridge, streetscape improvements to Abbott Road and continues Mayor Brown’s plan to transform all City neighborhoods into vibrant communities where residents and business owners can continue to live, work and invest.

“I am extremely pleased to be able to announce the scope of yet another milestone project that continues the remarkable revitalization in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State Department of Transportation and our State Legislators for delivering the funding for this important design project. We’re happy to unveil the scope of the first phase of this project today which continues my plan to transform all City neighborhoods into vibrant communities that support local businesses, foster growth and have ripple effects that will keep our City moving forward for decades to come.”

The scope of the project includes the $2 million rehabilitation of the Warren Spahn Bridge over Cazenovia Creek. The work entails the removal and replacement of the bridge deck and structural supports, as well as new sidewalks and railings. Plans for the $3 million investment in Abbott Road include infrastructure improvements from Potters to Southside, as well as ADA accessible ramps, new lighting and street amenities such as benches and landscaping.

“Investing in our local infrastructure is the lifeblood to our economy, and as we celebrate today’s announcement, we’re grateful to the Mayor for directing his attention to this highly trafficked roadway,” said Senator Kennedy. “A strong transportation structure is critical to attracting new jobs and businesses, and through the city and state’s continued commitment, we’re working to enhance options for drivers and streamline access to these communities.”

Major Bridge and Streetscape investment will further revitalize Cazenovia Park area, modernize infrastructure and boost local economy on Abbott Road
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of work,” said Council Member Scanlon. “The $2 million in funding for Warren Spahn bridge complements the nearly $3 million invested in Cazenovia Park over the past 5 years, including the resurfacing of the tennis and basketball courts, complete mill and overlay of Warren Spahn Parkway, structural work on the casino and the rehabilitation of the Shelter House.”
He continued, “Abbott Road has been a major priority for me since taking office in 2012. Working closely with Mayor Byron Brown and the Department of Public Works I commissioned a feasibility study to evaluate the conditions of Abbott Road and develop alternative plans for a full streetscape design. Recognizing that public input is key in making sure the best alternative was selected, the feasibility study was presented at a public meeting in August of 2016 where nearly 100 residents provided written feedback. The residents and business owners of South Buffalo make significant investments in the community, with matching government investment, I’m confident South Buffalo will be one of the best places in the city to live, raise a family, and do business.”
The design process is currently underway. Construction on the first phase is scheduled to begin in 2018, and the City will continue to evaluate the additional work that is required on the next part of the Abbott Road reconstruction.