Infrastructure and Jobs
Investing in our infrastructure has historically been a non-partisan issue. However, in recent years, Congress’ investment in addressing America’s crumbling infrastructure has been pathetically weak. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our infrastructure a D+ grade and the World Economic Forum ranks America 24th in infrastructure. Transportation for America estimates that there are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States – 2088 in New York State and 99 in Western New York alone. Brian has consistently called on Congress to make a bold investment in nation building right here at home. In 2012 he introduced the Nation Building Here at Home Act , which would have invested $1.2 trillion over five years to rebuild our infrastructure, with the potential to create 27 million jobs and reduce unemployment to 5.6 percent.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to fund $1 million for an expedited study of potential new sites for an Amtrak station in the City of Buffalo.
“Governor Cuomo just put Buffalo on track for a transportation transformation,” said Higgins. “This is a new day in Buffalo, one where we move forward with confidence that we can not only dream big but achieve great things for Western New York. I look forward to working with the State, City and community on this effort to make smart decisions about our future.”
Buffalo - Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, State Senator Tim Kenney, State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples Stokes, Erie County Legislator Peter Savage and University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, announced that a High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK (HAWK) signal has been activated on Kenmore Avenue at the intersection of the North Buffalo Rails-to- Trails path. The HAWK signal - the first in the City of Buffalo - is a new traffic control device designed to improve pedestrian safety.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Buffalo Councilman David Franczyk joined members of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation Board for a walk-through of the Buffalo Central Terminal.
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll today announced that work will begin on an $18.3 million highway rehabilitation project to improve the mobility and safety of Interstate 990 in the town of Amherst in Erie County.
Earlier this week Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) sent a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner calling for a portion of the $25 million allocated for the Buffalo train station in 2019-20 to be released this year so planning can begin now on a new station in Buffalo.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) points to the recent deterioration of the Buffalo Amtrak Station as an urgent reminder that Western New York can do much better. In a letter to the New York State Transportation Commissioner, Higgins calls for immediate release of a small portion of the $25 million set aside for the train station to begin a full and formal review of options for a new station including a potential new location at Canalside or Buffalo’s Central
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the new ramp carrying traffic from Porter Avenue directly into the Peace Bridge U.S. Plaza. The new ramp allows for the closure of Baird Drive in Front Park to restore the historic park. The project is a key component of the $56.7 million New York Gateway Connections Improvement project in Buffalo and complements the state’s record $27 billion investment in roads and bridges, primarily in Upstate New York. The closure of Baird Drive and opening of the ramp are effective Tuesday, September 6.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work will begin Monday on a $10.3 million project to replace the Harlem Road Bridge in the towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca in Erie County. The project is part of the Governor's $518 million program to replace and upgrade scour critical and flood prone bridges to ensure they are protected from future threats. Work is scheduled to be completed in December 2018.
Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Erie County Legislators Peter Savage (3rd District) and Kevin Hardwick (4th District), Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger, Mayor of the City of Tonawanda Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (“NFTA”) Kimberley A.