MAYOR BROWN, CONGRESSMAN HIGGINS REPORT ‘PROGRESS’ ON $11.3 MILLION OHIO STREET MAKEOVER
BUFFALO – Buffalo motorists may notice a few new changes to the $11.3 million Ohio Street construction project. Today, Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that crews, who started the conversion process two months ago, are on track for early completion, with 40% of the infrastructure redevelopment project completed.
“Ohio Street is moving along quickly,” said Mayor Brown, noting that Ohio Street is expected to be operational by the end of the year. “I am proud of the progress we’re seeing where in two short months the transformation of this critical corridor into a riverfront parkway is starting to take shape. That means the long term benefits of this project will start to kick in soon, as we further strengthen the Ohio Street corridor and provide an essential link between Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors.”
“Ohio Street serves as the land-bridge between the more densely populated downtown inner harbor and the outer harbor, which is currently undergoing a transformation,” said Congressman Higgins. “This project continues a ‘from the ground up’ approach that focuses on infrastructure and public friendly features to rebuild our waterfront and our city. It is also the latest tangible project representing continued momentum for Western New York.”
When complete, Ohio Street will become a two-way picturesque parkway with streetscape lighting and landscaping along with bike and walking paths, linking downtown Buffalo and the city’s Outer Harbor. The project also complements other recent developments along the downtown waterfront, including Canalside, part of a $250 million waterfront revitalization project, and the $172 million HARBORcenter project that stemmed from Mayor Brown’s plan to transform a surface parking lot near the downtown waterfront into a major job-generating development project. Funding for the Ohio Street and Inner Harbor Infrastructure Improvement Project came from the following sources:
Federal Highway Administration Funds 8,152,000
NYPA Federal Relicensing Settlement through ECHDC 2,038,000
City of Buffalo 1,200,000
GRAND TOTAL $11,390,000
Total construction is expected to finish, weather permitting, by spring of 2015. Once finished, Ohio Street is expected to become one of the city’s most complete streets ever built.