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Maple Road Construction Project Almost Complete

AMHERST, N.Y. - Maple Road between the University at Buffalo and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst is a busy stretch that is slower than usual because of the road construction project currently taking place.

We have heard from several 2 On Your Side viewers who are frustrated by it.

Jim e-mailed us saying, "I work at U.B. and live in Kenmore so I hop on the Thruway at Elmwood and get off at the 290 U.B. exit instead of taking Sheridan to Sweet Home like I used to."

The construction project is run by Erie County and funded by Stimulus Money.

The Erie County Highway Department tells 2 On your Side the project should be complete by the end of August. Initially, officials were projecting completion at some point next year.

Construction Comes to Niagara Falls Blvd.

TOWN OF AMHERST, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- One of the busiest stretches of roadway in all of Western New York is getting a much-needed facelift.

Construction began July 21 at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ridge Lea/Koenig Roads. That's just south of Interstate 290.

Workers will add a lane and a traffic signal at the exit of the 290 eastbound toward Niagara Falls Boulevard southbound. That will allow drivers to more easily cross traffic to get into the left turn lanes for Ridge Lea Road, where a second turn lane will be added. Finally, extra turn lanes will be provided for drivers turning left from Ridge Lea and Koenig Roads as they enter Niagara Falls Boulevard.

There are also improvements for pedestrians, including wider sidewalks and shoulders.

The $4 million project was delayed due to the budget battle in Albany. It is paid for using state and federal dollars.