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 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.