Higgins applauds continued momentum on Ohio Streetby jmaloni
Common Council approval sets parkway project on path to construction in 2014
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, welcomed continued momentum on the project to transform Ohio Street into a riverfront parkway following City of Buffalo Common Council approval on the contract.
"We've seen in recent years that through infrastructure investments we can transform our destiny," Higgins said. "Canalside and the Outer Harbor Parkway are two great examples, and Ohio Street is the next step in our work to create new opportunity for our community and economy through the construction of a welcoming place."
More than one year ago, Higgins and community stakeholders called for the project to be fast-tracked. In May, the project proceeded through an agreement between the City of Buffalo and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. This week's Common Council approval sets the project up for construction to begin soon with completion set for the summer of 2015.
Once complete, Ohio Street will be converted into a two-way, picturesque parkway featuring bike and walking paths, landscaping and streetscape improvements connecting Ohio Street with local neighborhoods while linking downtown Buffalo and inner and outer harbors.
Ohio Street reconstruction will be funded with more than $7 million in federal highway administration funding, as well as $1 million-plus in New York Power Authority relicensing funds and $1 million more from the City of Buffalo.