Part of Elmwood Ave. to remain one lane for next two years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Road work on Elmwood Avenue is creating long lines of traffic and we found out it’s not going to clear up anytime soon.

Elmwood Ave. is down to one lane near, and on, the bridge over the Scajaquada Expressway and two ramps are closed.

Drivers tell News 4 it can take them 20 minutes to travel just a few blocks.

“It’s a miserable time down here,” said Laura Bielecki, from Amherst.

The State Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge, which was built in 1960.

Engineers say its condition is so bad that pieces of concrete were falling off. The project will cost more than $10 million and also includes installing new sidewalks.

The sidewalk next to the creek will be widened from four feet to 12 feet, as it’s turned into a shared use path.

“When they finally get the bridge across and when pedestrians can move a little freer around here, it’ll look much nicer,” said Tim Collins, who works at the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium.

Construction crews will keep one lane closed for the next year and the majority of the following year.

 

 

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