Changes coming to Union Road-Route 33 intersection following death of teen

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Local leaders came together to announce changes coming to the intersection of Union Rd. and Route 33 in Cheektowaga.

Previously, a traffic study was requested by Assemblymember Monica Wallace, Sen. Timothy Kennedy and Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.

The study found that the area’s collision rate is higher than the statewide average of similar intersections.

In spring of 2021, safety improvements are scheduled to take place at the intersection. Those improvements include the following:

  • Replacement of signal(s) at the Route 33 ramps
  • Create pedestrian facilities
  • Close Airport Plaza driveway

The study was prompted by the death of 16-year-old Sherilann Lorenz in July of 2018. The Cleveland Hill High School student was fatally struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle through the intersection.

“This is a positive step forward in making this stretch of Union Road safer for pedestrians and drivers,” Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski said. “It is tragic that it took the loss of a young, vibrant student in our community to lead the way for these changes, but I thank Senator Kennedy and Assemblymember Wallace for their strong advocacy on this issue and preventing future harm to others. I encourage all residents to voice their opinion during this public comment period and have a say in making this section safer.”

The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council is seeking public comment on the NYS Department of Transportation’s Union Road safety improvement plan. The comment period is open until May 7, and you can register your ideas for the proposed project by calling 716-856–2026; emailing comments to; or writing to GBNRTC Executive Director, 438 Main Street, Suite 503, Buffalo, NY 14202.

DOT officials are projecting the Union Road safety improvement project to get underway in the spring of 2021.  

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