Beautifying a neighborhood commercial corridor
Located within the Fruit Belt neighborhood and adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Carlton Street is a key connector of residential streets and downtown destinations. Recent work on Carlton sought to improve access from Jefferson Avenue via Carlton Street to the Medical Campus as an alternative route to Michigan Avenue. The project also worked to beautify Carlton to support the street’s revitalization as a mixed-use commercial corridor. Work included repaving, signage, and a planted median at Michigan Avenue, as well as porous pavement from Lemon Street to Jefferson Avenue. The project engaged Fruit Belt residents, the Fruit Belt Neighborhood Association, as well as staff from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Because of the slope of the vicinity from the north to the street, the project was able to capture additional stormwater runoff generated by the residential streets north of the actual porous pavement installation area. The project juxtaposed two curb-to-curb porous pavement installations to enable the City to compare wear and durability within the same stretch of roadway. Construction delays also allowed the City to test the feasibility of milling and re-installing the porous pavement.