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    Engineering for Victoria Avenue work approved

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city is moving ahead with planning for phase two of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue.

    Council approved $365,000 for engineering design work for the next phase, and city staff will prepare construction cost estimates for council’s consideration in the 2017 budget.

    The first phase — a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street — began in the spring and is expected to be completed by early December.

    Work stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season, and resumed after Labour Day.

    Victoria Avenue work requires extra $230K

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Council approved an additional $230,000 to complete the first phase of a streetscape project along Victoria Avenue.

    The extra expense will come out of the city’s capital holding reserve fund and will address unanticipated intersection work, as well as additional consultant services.

    Earlier this year, council entered into a cost-sharing arrangement with the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Association for a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street. The city agreed to a strict construction timeline, at the request of the BIA.

    Construction began this spring, but stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season. Work is scheduled to resume after Labour Day, and is expected to be mostly completed by November.

    An old Ontario map showing Niagara Falls

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    At the same store where I saw the old Niagara Falls panorama from 1913, I saw this old map.

    1959_ontario_map

    They had a small area of the larger map that was specifically for the Niagara area.

    1959_niagara_map

    It’s interesting to see that there were traffic circles on the QEW at that point. What would become Highway 420 was built at that point, but was not called by that name. it wasn’t until into the late 60’s and early 70’s that it became Highway 420. I think Roberts St and Newman Hill are what you are on when you drive through the lights at Stanley Ave and drive down the hill to the Rainbow Bridge.

    Concerns MTO project will impact tourist traffic

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    City and tourism officials remain hopeful the Ministry of Transportation will do everything possible to mitigate the impact a proposed road and bridge project along Highway 420 will have on visitors this spring.

    “We don’t want to give people from the GTA any reason to avoid Niagara Falls, and long delays in or out will be reason to avoid us,” said Mayor Jim Diodati. “Let’s deal with this properly. Let’s plan it out in such a way that doesn’t add a pile more to the cost, but at the same time doesn’t have a major cost to the tourism industry.”

    Ministry spokesperson Astrid Poei said the project includes resurfacing approximately 3.2 kilometres on Highway 420 from Stanley Avenue to Montrose Road, and rehabilitating five structures at the 420/QEW interchange.

    Businesses excited for Victoria Avenue revamp

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It has been a long-time coming.

    Businesses along Victoria Avenue say they are looking forward to the streetscape improvements approved recently by Niagara Falls city council.

    “It’s going to improve the look of the street and I’m all for it,” said Andrew Vergalito, owner of the Italian Ice Cream business on Victoria Avenue, near Highway 420.

    Victoria Avenue, from that intersection to Clifton Hill/Centre Street, will undergo a $3.5-million facelift starting in the spring.

    Council approved the project, at the request of the Victoria Centre business improvement association, during its Jan. 26 meeting.

    Highway 420 ‘a mess’: Falls mayor

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Council is petitioning the province to properly maintain Highway 420, one of the main tourist arteries into Niagara Falls.

    The appearance of the highway, which connects the QEW to the city, has been a thorn in city council’s side since Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation did some highway work in 2003.

    The province rebuilt the median dividing the east and westbound traffic. At first, the MTO put in a variety of flora filling the median. But councillors complained the plants were ugly and weeds were taking over. The province then put gravel fill into the planter, but council complained weeds were still growing in the gravel.

    On Tuesday, Coun. Wayne Thomson said there’s a reluctance on the province’s part to keep Highway 420 from looking like “hell.”

    “They should properly manicure the site and come up with a solution to the unsightly entrance into the city,” he said.

    Steering in the right direction

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A Niagara Falls councillor wants to steer visitors in the right … or left direction.

    Coun. Wayne Thomson wants the city, the Region, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the Ministry of Transportation to work together to allow motorists who cross the Rainbow Bridge to be able to make left hand turns onto Falls Ave.

    As it stands now, motorists leaving the bridge are forced onto Roberts St. and Highway 420.

    Bodies arrive in Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Bodies have arrived in Niagara Falls and they’re here to stay for the rest of the summer.

    The bodies are not those of eager visitors who descend upon the Falls every summer for the annual tourist season. No, these are dead bodies that will be on display in the newly created Niagara Exhibition Centre at the corner of Stanley Road and Highway 420. Organizers are hoping the dead bodies will attract real living ones — both locals and tourists alike — to come and check out the display.

    Bodies… The Exhibition officially opened on Friday, providing visitors the chance to learn everything there is about the human body — from the inside out. Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director of the exhibit, said it’s a chance for people to become familiar with the human body and challenge the way people see themselves.

    The fine art of skin and bones

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    There are a bunch of dead bodies inside an old baby food factory in Niagara Falls.

    And their caretakers invite the public to come and see.

    “You get to a certain age you think there are very few things that will make your jaw drop. This is one of them,” Linus Hand said.

    Hand, who co-owns the local theatre company Silver Mist Productions, has brought the world-renowned Bodies … The Exhibition to the former Gerbers and Niagara Falls Tourism building at Stanley Ave. and Highway 420.

    The building is now known as the Niagara Exhibition Centre.

    More than 15 million people have viewed the travelling exhibit since 2004, the year it started touring the world.

    Like I mentioned before, I found about the press day too late, so I wasn’t able to go. However, I have arranged to see the exhibit another time, so I’ll definitely write about it at that point.

    Bodies coming to Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The cure for Niagara’s tourism blues this summer might be a bunch of dead bodies.

    If Linus Hand’s hunch pays off , they’ll come by the busload to see them. After months searching for the right venue, Hand is bringing the world-renowned Bodies … The Exhibition to the former Gerbers and Niagara Falls Tourism building at Stanley Avenue and Highway 420. More than 15 million people have viewed the exhibit.

    The exact same show– similar to the Body Worlds exhibit seen recently in Buffalo and Toronto — opens at the newly-named Niagara Exhibition Centre May 28 and runs to Sept. 6.

    “It’s artistic and entertaining, but it’s also educational,” says Hand, who co-owns the local theatre company Silver Mist Productions. “I’m over the moon about it.”

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