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The local construction industry has not been shut down in the last two months, but more than half of the work stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. That changes Tuesday, with the sector part of Phase 1 of the state's reopening strategy.

New construction projects in Erie County

Jun 29, 2019

It's construction season in Western New York and Erie County has recently received an infusion of additional funding to repair even more roads this summer.

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Unions and many Democrats in the state Legislature are pushing for an expansion of the state’s prevailing wage law. But they are finding that the change might have some unintended consequences.

Building trades leaders say this looks like a good year for their members. Topping the list of projects are National Fuel's Northern Access gas pipeline and the Athenex pharmaceutical drug plant in Dunkirk.

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One relatively short street in North Buffalo knotted up the Common Council Legislation Committee Tuesday for more than two hours.

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Local officials and business owners came together for the signing of a new executive order that focuses on hiring local labor for large construction projects in Erie County.

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Buffalo is experiencing a building boom with construction jobs in the region at their highest levels in years. But the lack of diversity in the construction unions has some asking why more hasn’t been done to ensure that people of color aren’t missing out on these opportunities. Charlotte Keith from our partners at Investigative Post reports.

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Plans for an updated amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution are taking shape, and construction permits are in hand, but a legal action will be stalling the progress.

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Buffalo has experienced a higher increase in the number of construction jobs than any other city in the Northeast.

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Labor Day weekend may have brought bring the unofficial end to the summer, but it’s not quite the end of the construction season.

Market for skilled trade jobs booming locally

Aug 26, 2015
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We’re living in one of the best times in decades when it comes to getting a job in Western New York. That’s the opinion of one of the region’s leading authorities on employment. But as WBFO contributor Rich Kellman reports, where the jobs are might surprise you.

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The head of the Peace Bridge Authority says travelers on the span are already benefiting from major construction projects which are underway on the U.S. plaza.  

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  For those under the age of 30, cars driving on Main Street in Buffalo’s downtown area is a foreign concept. That is, until now.

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Local hiring policies are becoming more commonplace as a way to address regional unemployment and strengthen the tax base. New quotas for local workers were just approved by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

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Weather issues have continued to delay the construction work on the southbound Grand Island bridge, but this weekend that work will be underway.

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An antagonistic exchange of words continues to stall repair work to Southern Tier roadways.

Officials from the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State are blaming each other for the delay in construction along Interstate 86 and Routes 5 and 20. The state claims that the Senecas are being obstructionist, lobbying for additional monies to be paid to them. The Seneca's contend that the state is avoiding construction fees that the Nation believes they are due.

There is no word as to whether or not construction will begin on Monday.

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The New York State Thruway Authority is facing some significant financial hurdles, and a series of steps are being proposed to stabilize the books.

Airport construction work to slow morning traffic

Apr 9, 2012

Construction work at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, set to begin late tonight, will cause some traffic delays for much of the spring and summer outside of the terminal. 

Both the upper departures deck and the lower arrivals area will undergo significant structural improvements including milling, paving and striping, as well as concrete and sidewalk repairs. 

The recent run of nice weather has bumped up the construction schedule in LaSalle Park by a month. 

The project includes rebuilding the park road along I-190, adding new streetlights, and a new parking lot, complete with a tree, shrub and grass 'rain garden' to filter runoff. 

Mayor Byron Brown says the early start means work should wrap up before the early July opening of Centennial Pool, which underwent a $3 million renovation in 2010.