Niagara Falls - While it was nice to hear that more roads were added to this year’s paving list, in the downtown area. One of the roads that will be on the list is 27th street from Ferry to Niagara Street. This road will be a full a reconstruction job, new curbs and sidewalks, not sure if the water lines will be replaced.
If they are, residents in the area better make sure they are done right.
Driving in the north end recently I realized, there are only two streets to go from Main St. to Hyde Park Blvd. The streets are Niagara Ave. and Ontario Ave. both streets seem to be in good shape except for a couple of blocks. Niagara Ave. between 11th St. and Lockport St. is in terrible condition, this road has been in this shape for years. It was repaved in 2005 but did not hold up well.
Ontario Ave. between 11th and Main St. is another road that is in bad condition, not as bad as Niagara Ave. but it will be soon. Both roads are heavily traveled. Niagara Ave. is not only used by the residents in area, most people coming from out the area use it to go the police station, or just to get to Main St..
As for Ontario Ave., a lot of people from Canada use it to go out to Military Rd. Leaving Canada going over the Whirlpool Bridge, they usually go down Ontario Ave. to Hyde Park Blvd. then down Porter Rd. Plenty of residents in the area also use this road.
With all the casino money the city received one has to wonder why these roads were never fixed. The city has money to pay consultants. At the last city council meeting, a few council members voted to give an organization $50,000, which they have been receiving for the last seven years, with a grand total so far of $350,000. Not one job was ever created by this organization but they still received their money.
Money has to stop being wasted and put into our roads. Hopefully the city can find some money to add these roads to the paving list. A good place to look for some money is the $1.5 million that was set aside for an animal shelter, since it’s not being built anymore. The residents in the north end deserve roads that we can drive from one side of the city to the other. Without hitting potholes and going around sink holes.