Parkside residents frustrated with ongoing construction project

Parkside resident George Alexander

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- It was a frustrating end to the Labor Day holiday weekend for Parkside residents like George Alexander.

Tuesday morning he woke up to a surprise; that he no longer had access to his driveway.

Alexander said the city never gave him a heads up.  According to the city, that’s the private contractors job.

Both the contractor and the city told News 4 they knocked on doors early Tuesday morning, to let residents know about the work; Alexander wasn’t home.

“Day after a holiday, come home, can’t get into my driveway. Got to find alternate parking and none was made for me,” he told News 4.

A city spokesperson said signs were posted alerting drivers to the no parking areas, and that parking enforcement was made aware of the limitations to residents.

But there was no alternate parking provided for affected residents, which for Alexander’s neighbor, Darryl Gaiter, was a big problem.

“I have two bad knees, so it’s hard for me to walk a distance. Just getting to my car is a fit right there,” Gaiter said.

Gaiter said he too wasn’t made aware of the construction.

“I have two cars. I had to park two cars four blocks away and walk individually back from each car.”

The Parkside Community Association is also frustrated. They told News 4 the city has been in contact with them on the project, but they haven’t gotten specific answers, like when exactly the work will be done.

According to contract company Mott MacDonald, both Gaiter and Alexander will have driveway ramps in place Thursday. The rest of the block is expected to have full access to their driveways by the end of the week.

The project hopes to calm the traffic in the neighborhood and make Parkside more pedestrian friendly. It’s expected to completely finished by the end of the year.

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