Rosas announces construction along Central Avenue

On Monday, the city of Dunkirk will be starting the first phase of construction along Central Avenue. The construction will include the mill and overlay of the city’s portion of Central Avenue, as well as four intersection improvements. These four intersections include Millard Fillmore Drive and Central Avenue, Lucas Avenue and Central Avenue, Sixth Street and Central Avenue, and Fourth Street and Central Avenue.

This is the beginning of the Central Connection project, which is meant to better connect the village of Fredonia, SUNY Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk along Central Avenue. The project includes bike lanes, banners, and signage that will be implemented in the second phase of the project.

The Central Connection Project is made possible from a grant the City of Dunkirk received of up to $2.5 million dollars from Empire State Development’s Smart Growth Community Fund, part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion II initiative. The $2.5 million will be used for two public improvement projects known as Dunkirk’s Pier Improvements Project and the Central Connection Project. Mayor Rosas and the city of Dunkirk would also like to acknowledge and thank the County for their partnership in the mill and overlay portion of the project.

“We are extremely excited to begin the implementation process of our Smart Growth projects,” Mayor Rosas said. “The improvements to Central Avenue will have a positive impact for our residents, the downtown, and our waterfront.”

The mayor and city officials would ask residents, businesses, schools, and the hospital to be patient during the construction phase. Intersection work should take approximately 3 to 5 business days with mill and overlay to follow. The project will begin at the intersection of Millard Fillmore Drive and Central Avenue.