On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 the City of Buffalo will be honoring the life of Officer Craig Lehner during a funeral service to be held at KeyBank Center beginning at 10am. As many as 10,000 members of law enforcement from across New York State and the country are expected to be in attendance.
Traffic in the downtown Buffalo area will be affected and some street closures are planned for as early as 6am. Please plan travel accordingly that day. Below are traffic closure plans for the procession.
“The procession is expected to begin around 11am-11:30am. Several streets around the KeyBank Center will be closed to accommodate the procession and the thousands of first responders attending the funeral and procession.
The procession will lead away from the KeyBank Center to Michigan Avenue, then north to Scott Street, head westbound crossing Main Street to Upper Terrace. The procession will then continue west to Franklin Street and pass by Buffalo Police Headquarters.
After they pass Buffalo Police Headquarters, they will continue northbound on Franklin to Niagara Square and pass by the future home of the BPD Headquarters at the old Dillon Courthouse. After they enter Niagara Square, the procession will continue on to Delaware Avenue to Forest Lawn Cemetery at Delaware and W. Delavan avenues.
The following streets will be closed for most of Wednesday morning and early afternoon due to the funeral and procession:
Ohio Street from Ganson Street to Michigan Avenue will be used as a staging area and parking for police vehicles.
Erie Avenue into the Erie Basin Marina will be closed for official police vehicle parking.
During the procession, portions of Michigan Avenue, Perry Street, Main Street, Scott Street and Washington Avenue will be closed.
There will be intermittent closures of Delaware Avenue between Niagara Square and W. Delavan in the morning, but will completely closed down around 11am until early afternoon for the procession.
Delavan between Delaware and Main Street will be closed as will Main Street between W. Delavan and Canisius College to accommodate the overflow of traffic, parking and procession.”