BUFFALO, NY - For the first time in decades, cars will drive down the 500 block of Main Street.

The road reopened to vehicles after the completion of a $21 million project which includes new landscaping, benches and infrastructure.

There are already plans for new apartments and stores along the street as many of the building facades are being repaired and updated.

Work was originally expected to be completed in September, but the opening had to be pushed back a few times due to various issues including final inspections and liability contract with the NFTA.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins and other elected officials, dignitaries, and business leaders, will host a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the redevelopment.

US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued this statement:

"Returning cars to Main Street is the latest in a series of developments that have already transformed downtown Buffalo," Schumer said. "Car traffic on Main St. is just what the doctor ordered for downtown business development, which is one of the reasons we were able to secure another highly competitive TIGER grant to continue this project. I've worked closely with Mayor Brown to make sure this important redevelopment extends all the way to lower Main St. and continues to generate new business in Downtown Buffalo."