Construction To Begin On Sherwood Greenway Trail

 


New York
State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Regional Director Darrell
Kaminski was joined by federal, state and local officials to break ground on a
project to construct the Sherwood Greenway Trail and make highway improvements
to NY Route 324 (Sheridan Drive) and NY Route 325 (Sheridan Drive Extension) in
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“The
State Department of Transportation is proud to partner with elected officials,
community and business leaders to continue, under the leadership of Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo and Commissioner Joan McDonald, to improve our transportation
infrastructure,” said Acting Regional Director Darrell Kaminski.  “The
Sherwood Greenway project is a wonderful example of teamwork between New York
State, Erie County, Town of Tonawanda and Praxair to construct a multi-use
trail that will benefit the community for decades to come.” 


The centerpiece of the $3.8 million highway
improvement project is the construction of the new Sherwood Greenway
Trail.  The two-mile, multi-use trail
will connect the Two Mile Creek Trail in Sheridan Park with the Buffalo
Riverwalk, bridging a gap in the Town of Tonawanda’s trail system and
connecting several neighborhoods to the Niagara River waterfront.  This project is a key component of the Town
of Tonawanda’s community development strategy to improve accessibility and the
enjoyment of the waterfront areas in Tonawanda.


The project will also resurface Sheridan Drive
between Delaware Avenue and the Sheridan Drive Extension, and resurface the
Sheridan Drive Extension between River Road and Sheridan Drive.  This work will include pedestrian safety
upgrades at several intersections, including construction of new curbs and
sidewalks, replacement of traffic signal detection, and repair of drainage
inlets.  A bridge pier protection wall
will be constructed on the Sheridan Drive Extension beneath Interstate
190.   These improvements will enhance
the streetscape and safety along these two highways, which serve as western
gateways to the Town of Tonawanda.


“Infrastructure
investments, like this one, have a lasting impact on communities,” said
Congressman Brian Higgins.  “In addition to needed roadwork that provides
a more suitable and


 


 


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welcoming
foundation for local neighborhoods and businesses, the creation of the Sherwood
Greenway Trail provides new and improved access to the waterfront.”


 NYS Senator
Mark Grisanti said, “I applaud all the partners involved in this effort to
better serve the residents of Tonawanda and Western New York.  It will also be great to see the construction
jobs that come with these projects. 
These improvements will not only improve the safety of the roads, but
will also ensure that the residents of Tonawanda gain access to the
waterfront.”


“This project has been a long time in the making
and I am very pleased to be a part of this ground breaking event,” said
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger. “Upgrades to pedestrian signals and crosswalks
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trail systems more harmonious, accessible and safer for residents of this
community and surrounding areas as they take advantage of our Niagara
River
waterfront.  I look
forward to the completion of the new Sherwood Greenway Trail not only for the
beautification enhancements it will provide, but for the healthy living
benefits it will offer to our residents.”


“When
completed, the Sherwood Greenway Trail will provide the ‘missing link’ in
Tonawanda’s trail system that will finally connect the Shoreline Trail to
Sheridan Park, bringing greatly enhanced waterfront access to interior
residential neighborhoods, businesses, and park users,” said Erie County
Executive Mark Poloncarz.  “I mentioned
this project in my ‘Initiatives for a Smart Economy’ address as being one that
embraced the principles of smart growth that will help our region succeed,
bringing greater walkability and multiple modes of transportation for residents
using the new trail. Through cooperation with our partners in government and
the NYSDOT, better waterfront access and an improved, completed trail system
will now be here for all to enjoy.”


“I’m pleased that my partners in government could
come together to break ground for this cooperative project,” said Erie County
Legislator Lynn Marinelli.  “As a
longtime advocate for this project, I’m happy that I can go back to my
constituents who have been asking for this for years and tell them that
progress is being made.  This will
certainly add to the quality of life for this community and groups from the
area will now be able to use this trail for big racing events, such as the Ride
for Roswell. As an avid cyclist myself, I can’t wait to ride the completed
trail.”


Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana said,
This new trail link represents a huge
milestone in the towns vision of
multi-modal diversity and connectivity to our evolving waterfront and it will
continue to enhance the quality of life for our residents as well.”


The construction contract was awarded this month to
Concrete Applied Technologies (CATCO) of Alden, Erie County.  Construction on the project is expected to
begin immediately and scheduled to be completed in fall of 2014.