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Statement by Congressman Higgins on Ohio Street

Nov 14, 2012
Press Release

“Today’s action by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) continues momentum to create a riverfront parkway at Ohio Street. Considerable progress is already visible along Canalside, the Outer Harbor and the Buffalo River and more work is underway currently.  Ohio Street provides the infrastructure needed to connect the public spaces we’ve created along our waterfront, link existing neighborhoods to the water’s edge and support new economic development opportunities moving forward.  It also can serve as one of several transportation alternatives to the Skyway. We look forward to seeing construction underway along Ohio Street next year.”  

Approximately $11 million in funding is already in place for the Ohio Street project, including $8.8 million in federal dollars.  Of that, $5.1 million in federal dollars was on track to be pulled from Western New York until Congressman Higgins stepped in and saved it.