BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Drivers along the I-190 are noticing bridges and tunnels they’ve never seen before near the Peace Bridge.
“Well, the good part of it is, it’s making a big change, and the bad part is there’s too much going on at one time” said West Side resident Vito Marinaccio.
Some of the most visual pieces of the this $56 million project so far are the brand new arches for a new river walk, according to NYS Department of Transportation Special Projects Manager Craig Mozrall. “We’re gonna move seven hundred feet of the Shoreline Trail completely onto the westbound side of the 190, so it’ll run directly along the river. It’ll run up a ramp to an overlook which will have a really nice view of both the source of the river and the Peace Bridge.”
But the bulk of the work is creating a couple new roadway tunnels, so that the traffic coming over the Peace Bridge from Canada can get away from the bridge plaza more easily and safely.
“When you come through the American plaza, you’re gonna be able to go 190-North, 190-South or Niagara Street north.” said Ny State Assemblyman Sean Ryan. “No longer will people be scratching their heads and saying, “which way do I go and how how do I get out of here.”
By January, Peace Bridge drivers will start to see a difference, and by then, the River walk will be reopened with a new look, but it will take almost two years for the entire project to be finished. It’ll include a new traffic circle at the Porter Avenue approach to the Peace Bridge.
When it’s all said and done, Baird Drive will be covered over in grass so that Peace bridge traffic no longer cuts through the middle of Front Park, but drives around it.