There are a couple of new road work projects that are getting ready to begin this spring and summer. According to the New York State DOT in Western New York, Niagara County drivers should be prepared for some much needed road repairs.

The project will improve safety for both traffic and pedestrians, helping to ensure regional economic competitiveness.

The work on Hyde Park Boulevard will include milling and resurfacing 1.6 miles of pavement with a new layer of asphalt. Drainage improvements will be made within the project limits. In addition, traffic signs along Hyde Park Boulevard will be replaced. Pedestrian signals with countdown timers will be upgraded and curb ramps will be replaced to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Those of us who grew up in Western New York and Buffalo and Rochester know that we really have two seasons; winter and construction season. Both seasons require drivers to be alert and adjust for the conditions. If you are in or near a work zone, you need to be alert and drive with caution. I always like to remind myself that the people working there want to get home to their loved ones just as much as I do. I take extra caution in those areas. Keep in mind, that these repairs will also improve your commute as well.

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