Part of Abbott Road in South Buffalo has been lined with orange traffic cones lately, designed to be bump-outs.

According to WGRZ,  Buffalo Common Councilman Member, Chris Scanlon has been working with the Department of Public Works on the Abbott Road streetscape project.

"We're looking at an overhaul, rehabilitation of all the infrastructure here. Streets, sidewalks, curbs, lighting, everything," said Scanlon.

The bump-outs are temporary according to Scanlon and are designed to keep the area safer for pedestrians.

"So, by squeezing the road down, hopefully, people are slowing down," said Scanlon. "They decrease the crossing distance for pedestrians. They slow down traffic on turns making it more safe."

Scanlon said that the bump-outs didn't go over well at first when they met about the idea.

"At the first meeting, to be perfectly honest with you, the public was overwhelmingly against them. But, we continued to talk about them, and at the next meeting, the feeling at the meeting kind of flip-flopped," said Scanlon. "One of the things I saw come through today was people questioning why they say, quote-unquote waste of money. Why not use it to improve other things? But, if you look at the overall cost, or overall budget of the project, all of Abbott Road, again we're talking down from where Abbott Road starts all the way to the city line, you're talking somewhere 10, 12, $15-million maybe by the end of it, the multiple phases, so again, these bump-outs, they're just a minor, minor part of that budget."

The orange posts on Abbott in South Buffalo will remain up for the next 4-6 weeks and feedback on the construction will determine the permanent plans. Construction would start next spring, if the NYSDOT approves the plan.

Read the full story at WGRZ.

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