The American Public Works Association (APWA) – Minnesota Chapter recognized the City of Buffalo at the annual conference on November 17. The City of Buffalo Trunk Highway 25 Downtown Corridor Improvement project received a Project of the Year Honorable Mention for the work done to create a safe multimodal corridor for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
The City of Buffalo and Bolton & Menk collaborated to create better, safer access to a more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown through the Trunk Highway 25 Downtown Corridor Improvement project. TH 25 carries over 13,000 vehicles per day, was plagued with many crashes, and underserved pedestrians.
Issues were addressed through a complete reconstruction. Key elements included a roundabout, narrower traffic lanes to accommodate a continuous two-way left turn lane, and two traffic signals. Utility design took into account historic buildings, access to businesses, and utilities moved from under the roadway. Settlers Parkway, a new roadway and roundabout on the south side, now connects Trunk Highways 25 and 55, providing critical connection between the regional roadways from the south, reducing congestion on TH 25 through downtown.
Pictured left to right: Justin Kannas (Bolton & Menk), Merton Auger (City of Buffalo), Laureen Bodin (City of Buffalo)