The Ohio Street Corridor links several major activity centers associated with the City of Buffalo’s developing waterfront, including Canalside, the Cobblestone District and the Outer Harbor. Ohio Street was originally intended to service the waterfront’s industrial land use, but as the waterfront’s role changes from industry to recreation, so too must the infrastructure surrounding it. Wendel was hired to transform what was once a four-lane commercial arterial with no provisions for pedestrians, bicyclists or transit users into a true Complete Street that supports these alternate modes of transportation safely and comfortably. Elements of the project included the reduction and re-allocation of travel lanes, providing space for a multi-use pathway and green infrastructure. The use of permeable pavement, energy efficient street lighting, street trees and enhanced landscaping all serve to reduce the environmental footprint of the Ohio Street Corridor while simultaneously giving the area an inviting and natural aesthetic.
Ohio Street continues as a game-changing transit solution in Buffalo, NY.