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Niagara Falls working to become more pedestrian friendly

The city will reconstruct 18 pedestrian signals in 2020.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — People in the City of Niagara Falls will see 18 new pedestrian crosswalks in 2020. Mayor Paul Dyster told 2 On Your Side pedestrian accidents are a problem in the city. 

On Monday, two children were hit by a car while crossing Pine Avenue near 27th Street. It's something Niagara Falls Police Captain Angela Munn says she sees often.

"All over Niagara Falls we have a lot of pedestrian accidents," Munn said.

Munn added, "A lot of people not crossing at crosswalks, young kids running into the street and crossing between parked cars."

The city was given state funding to try and curb the problem. In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo launched a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, a $110 million investment for engineering, enforcement and education to prevent accidents.

The City of Niagara Falls was given $820,000 to make intersection improvements. Eighteen of the busiest intersections in Niagara Falls will be reconstructed with new pedestrian signals, ADA compliant ramps and new striping.  

Dyster said construction on the pedestrian signals will begin early next year. Dyster is also looking into lowering the speed limit to 25 mph in the downtown tourist district.

Below is a list of the intersections that will get new pedestrian signals:

1. 11th Street and Cleveland Avenue

2. 11th Street and Lockport Street

3. 11th Street and Niagara Street

4. 11th Street and Pierce Avenue

5. Buffalo Avenue and S. 86th Street

6. Highland Avenue and Calumet Avenue

7. Main Street (Route 104) and Cedar Avenue

8. Main Street (Route 104) and Lockport Street

9. Niagara Street and 10th Street

10. Niagara Street and 24th Street

11. Pine Avenue (Route 62A) and 7th Street

12. Pine Avenue (Route 62A) and 10th Street

13. Pine Avenue (Route 62A) and 27th Street

14. Pine Avenue (Route 62A) and Main Street

15. Pine Avenue (Route 62A) and Portage Road

16. Pine Avenue (Route 62A) Tronolone Place

17. Portage Road and 11th Street

18. Portage Road and Main Street

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