Town officials in Tonawanda, Amherst hope NYSDOT will make safety improvements to Boulevard

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An audit on the safety of Niagara Falls Boulevard was released Wednesday- and will be sent to the New York State Department of Transportation next week. 

Leaders in the Town of Tonawanda and Amherst are teaming up to change the pedestrian experience on the state-owned road. 

Town of Tonawanda engineer James Jones led the way for a walking audit of the Boulevard in June. 

Jones says the interviews picked up along the way tell the true dangers of the road. 

He spoke with a man who rides his bike along the I-290 eastbound on-ramp every day. 

A video from audit day shows a man in a wheelchair getting stuck in the center turn lane trying to cross the road. 

The engineers found dozens of deficiencies that could be contributing to the deadly behavior on the road, including a lack of pedestrian crosswalks, too much distance between signalized intersections, and signals that don’t give pedestrians long enough to cross. 

The report says that about 53,000 cars travel the Boulevard every day- often around 45 mph. 

Jones said the biggest problem his team found is the way that the street is designed. 

“That whole street has been designed to move cars, and pedestrians and bicyclists are legal users of the road,” Jones said. “They have a right to be there.”

Jones said that he hopes the study will show the DOT that safety improvements are needed now. 

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