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    Connecting Fallsview, Victoria districts

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city is looking at how the Fallsview and Victoria Centre districts could be better connected in the future.

    “We’re looking at traffic improvements and how we can make turning movements at the intersection of Ferry Street and Fallsview (Boulevard) safer for pedestrians to cross, and also to make the traffic movements easier for routing services like the Wego,” said Geoff Holman, the city’s director of municipal works.

    Holman said at first, the city was just looking at replacing a watermain in the area. But after receiving comments from businesses, municipal staff began to look at the condition of the road, traffic safety, and it “kind of evolved into a larger project.

    “We’ve examined a number of different alternatives to make improvements there, and one of the alternatives that we’re bringing forward will be to look at making it a three-legged intersection, so it’ll be like a T-intersection (involving Fallsview Boulevard, Ferry Street and Buchanan Avenue),” he said.

    Council plans vote on deal to demolish glass walkway

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Take a walk down Old Falls Street, and you’ll see plenty of state-built infrastructure designed to spur private development. Largely missing are the type of walk-up storefronts suited for pedestrians and tourists.

    City officials, after stalled efforts this summer, hope the demolition of a downtown eyesore will help fix that.

    The City Council on Tuesday will vote on an agreement for $25,500 worth of engineering demolition work to be completed by LiRo Engineers of Buffalo. The work would be the first step in the demolition of a vacant glass walkway adjacent to the former TeleTech call center building on Third Street.

    The obsolete walkway, which runs west of TGI Friday’s along Old Falls Street, has long been viewed by city officials as an obstacle to development along the cobblestone walkway.

    “By eliminating that glass hallway, it opens up a lot of opportunities,” said Council Chairman Sam Fruscione.

    First-ever Car-Free Sunday on Niagara Pkwy

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    It’s going to be a Car-Free Sunday on Niagara Parkway.

    For the first time in recent history, pedestrians and cyclists will have a chance to enjoy a stretch of the parkway without having to worry about traffic.

    The route along the river between Clifton Hill and Murray St. will be closed to all vehicles except the Niagara Parks Commission’s people movers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Moses still on meandering detour

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Robert Moses State Parkway, hailed a half-century ago as a marvel of modern highway engineering that would give millions of motorists a new perspective of the Niagara River and its famous falls, may have become a road to oblivion.

    The objective was to provide a fast, efficient and safe way for people to drive rapidly along the river’s edge and enjoy its spectacular views without having to dodge pedestrians or worry about cross-street traffic.

    It was a way to open the river’s vistas to drivers and passengers who otherwise may never have been able to find a place to park, and it was free of charge.

    The idea of a limited-access, scenic parkway with wide, sweeping curves that wound right through the state park at the brink of the American Falls seemed like an idea whose time had come in the mid-20th century. And it was named in honor of the state’s master builder of the time: Robert Moses.

    But a growing chorus of detractors has formed over the last few decades calling for change — and in some cases demolition — of all or some of the parkway, and state officials again are considering what to do about it.


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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The gateway to Niagara Falls from the Falls Incline and parking lot has been at the same location for more than a quarter of a century.

    So what’s different now? Pedestrians are now delivered to the second floor of Table Rock, instead of the first floor.

    Why? For public safety and accessibility.

    Prior to the renovations, in order to gain access to Table Rock it was necessary to descend a flight of stairs or navigate a ramp that did not meet accessibility standards.

    This delivered you to the edge of a road which during the summer months carries as much traffic as any regional arterial road in Niagara and more than most.

    Motorists and pedestrians found the traffic signals in the area confusing. The mingling of tens of thousands of pedestrians and vehicles simply wasn’t safe by today’s standards.

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