Neighbors say traffic woes come along with growth of Hertel Avenue

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  With the continuing growth of business on Hertel Ave. in North Buffalo, comes what some call a traffic nightmare.

Friday kicks off the first “Rock, Shop, ‘N Stroll” of the season on Hertel Avenue. For North Buffalo, this means music, food and a lot of fun. But for others, the traffic caused problems. “It’s gotten crazy actually,” Deanna Giordano, who lives down the street told News 4. “Thank God we live two blocks away, because if I have to drive around and I can’t find anything, I just walk.”

The Chief of Staff for the Delaware District says a parking study is underway on Elmwood Avenue to find out ways to ease traffic and parking woes there. But the City budget couldn’t afford a study on Hertel Avenue so they are looking into other options.

One of the proposed changes under consideration is to put parking on both sides of residential cross streets off of Hertel Avenue. This would be seasonal, from April to November. They would still need to find out if emergency vehicles would be able to get by. Residents living on those cross streets would also need to approve the change.

But with new attractions popping up, like Mac’s on Hertel, business is booming, and neighbors say that’s a good thing.

John Bair from Buffalo said, “Since Spot Coffee went in, it’s like a new place. In a way you want the parking problems, because that means Hertel Avenue is coming back like Elmwood.”

Giordano said, “It’s coming back, it feels fresh again, it’s worth the 5 minute walk.”

Some people News 4 spoke with don’t want parking to be the reason people don’t visit Hertel. Amy Bair from Buffalo said, “I have had several situations where I’m driving around in circles, driving up and down the street several times, and sometimes I just give up and I go to Elmwood.”

The Delaware District says they will look into how they may be able to pay for a traffic study on Hertel Avenue.

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