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Grand Island: Higgins files formal comments in support of plan for West River Greenway

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Thu, Aug 4th 2016 02:25 pm

Higgins: Decision on waterfront trail will have generational significance

Congressman Brian Higgins filed formal comments with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey expressing support for the preferred alternative option for the West River Greenway Connector Trail project in the Town of Grand Island.

In the letter, Higgins wrote, in part, "In the City of Buffalo, the City of Niagara Falls and through the Tonawandas, great strides have been made and efforts are ongoing to create generous waterfront public access centered around pedestrian, bicycle and paddle craft access and other recreational uses. It is important that the same progress proceed on Grand Island."

Also supported by Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray, the preferred alternative (No. 3) presented by State Parks would close West River Parkway to vehicular traffic between Long Road and Oakfield Road and reuse the existing pavement for a new West River Greenway Trail. Sixty-four percent of the $2.5 million project is funded with federal funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program. Construction could begin by the fall of 2017 and be complete by the summer of 2018.

Higgins wrote, "The decision regarding which alternative to pursue for this project will have generational significance."

More information on the West River Bike Trail is available on the State Parks website, http://nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/public-documents.aspx, or through the Town of Grand Island website: http://www.grand-island.ny.us/.

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