Untangling Buffalo's Elmwood-Forest intersection

Feb 8, 2019

Changes would include the creation of a bike lane.
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The intersection of Elmwood and Forest avenues in the Elmwood Village is a tangled intersection - cars flowing from all directions and the pedestrians typical of the community all arriving at a corner with limited safety lights and vanished pavement markings.

The city's Public Works Department wants to solve some of the problems with pavement markings, but no construction. The markings would make the lanes clear and include the creation of a bike lane.

"There's a lot of pedestrians, as well, and I think that the turning lanes and more clear demarcations will assist with all of the pedestrians that are walking north and south to the Buff State campus and to and from all the restaurants and bars on the strip," says Courtney Huckle, president of the North Claremont Block Club.

Huckle represents some of the neighbors pushing for changes.

New pavement markings would be included in the changes.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

"There is a wide enough space for turning lanes and straight lanes, and so people tend to treat it that way, whether or not the street is marked for that," Huckle says. "and because the way it's not marked and people treat it that way, it creates an unsafe scenario, where some cars are turning, some are not, some are treating it like a turning lane, some are not."

The department will have to make a presentation before the city Planning Board about its plans, but Delaware District Common Councilmember Joel Feroleto says the department can do it without any more regulations. Costs would be minimal.

"Elmwood's a walkable neighborhood and you always see people walking around, shopping at the local  businesses, going to college," he says, "and we want to keep it safe for pedestrians and we believe these changes will make it safe, safer for people that are on Elmwood Avenue."