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Legislator Burke Demands Changes be Made to Tifft Street Bridge for Pedestrian Safety


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Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke has submitted a resolution outlining necessary changes to the Tifft Street Bridge, which currently poses safety issues regarding pedestrian traffic. The bridge currently prevents South Buffalo residents from accessing the recently-revitalized waterfront. Renovations for the bridge were proposed in the early months of 1993 by then-Council-member Brian Higgins, close to a quarter century ago. Despite this previous proposal, the bridge never received the required attention, and presently stands posing both a larger safety risk, and greater cost of repair the longer it waits without being addressed.

The longer the bridge is left in decline, the more it will cost to make repairs, which is why timely action is vital.

The current Tifft street bridge is a four lane traffic choke-point, where the 30 mph speed limit is often disregarded due to the bridge’s proximity to the highway as well as its physical characteristics. The proposed changes would include a reduction of the bridge to two lanes, and both a cleanup and an extension of the current underwhelming, intimidating, and unsafe bike lane and sidewalk.

"We’ve invested a ton of money down there, now we can't get there. To get there safely, you'd have to drive. It's absurd that a community that lives basically along the waterfront that they have to get in their car and drive to the waterfront” said Legislator Burke.

Legislator Burke has been a fierce advocate for water quality in the region. His bill outlawing microbeads in Erie County was a model that eventually became federal law. In addition, Burke has demanded federal EPA funding for the Great Lakes remain and has drafted a bill to ensure pharmaceutical companies pay their fair share to keep drinking water safe.

Legislator Burke is calling on the City of Buffalo to implement traffic slowing and pedestrian safety measures in order to enhance the accessibility of Buffalo’s waterfront thus ensuring a safe environment for pedestrians as well as those living in the residential portion of Tifft Street in Buffalo.

Sign the petition to let the City of Buffalo know you support changes to the Tifft Street Bridge to ensure pedestrian safety!