From Buffalo Business First:
After years of wishful thinking, a one-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway leading directly to Niagara Falls may get a makeover that makes it more tourist and pedestrian-friendly.
The Western New York Regional Economic Council has agreed to allocate $10 million from the “Buffalo Billion” to help finance the $15 million project. The remaining $5 million is expected to come from federal dollars secured by Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins.
The project, which could get underway next year, will take a portion of the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue and turn it from a high-speed roadway into a thoroughfare with pedestrian-friendly medians and attractive landscaping.
From the Niagara Gazette:
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., this week praised efforts by local transportation officials to push for funding needed to carry out a plan to remove the southern section of the Robert Moses Parkway in Niagara Falls.
The accolades follow a decision earlier this month by representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation and the Greater Niagara Regional Transportation Council to include the removal project on a priority list as part of a request for funds through the state’s Strategic Transportation Enhancement Program.
From the Niagara Gazette:
One section of the Robert Moses Parkway will soon be no more.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, announced Monday that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has confirmed that it will release a plan in June to remove the southern section of the controversial roadway and replace it with an at-grade road. The removal would involve all four lanes of the southern section of the roadway which runs between John B. Daly Boulevard and Niagara Falls State Park. As part of the project, it would be replaced with a two-lane road that would be designed to allow for a more pedestrian-friendly crossing and improved access to the waterfront.
- WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo – Schumer Reveals Plan to Demolish Portion of Robert Moses Parkway
- Buffalo News – Plan to remove portion of Parkway advances
From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:
The Robert Moses Parkway has long been viewed by some as a “concrete moat” between the city and its riverfront, and thus an impediment to potential economic development.
But for just as long, its proposed removal has been mired in red tape according Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
“Sometimes people call it the ‘Peace Bridge’ of Niagara Falls,” Dyster remarked, in reference to the now decade long debate over building a new international border crossing between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, Ont.
On Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) came to Niagara Falls to announce his support for the effort to remove the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Main Street and replace it with a park road, improving pedestrian access between the city’s South End tourist district and the waterfront, in hopes of sparking economic growth.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Niagara Falls Heritage Ara Commission to aggessively work to restore and rejuvenate the Niagara Falls State Park.
Recent reports illustrated the run-down condition of the park which Senator Schumer says needs to be a top priority. The park needs a plan to boost tourism and economic development in the Niagara Falls area.