Federal Lawmaker Wants $4.14 Million Construction Project Fast-Tracked
Congressman Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) today announced $640,000 in new federal transportation funding for the Outer Harbor Greenbelt initiative on Buffalo’s Waterfront.
“The era of inertia is over” said Congressman Higgins, as he pointed out that the new funding would allow for the commencement of construction at the waterfront early next year.
The Congressman indicated that the new funding would leverage $3.5 million in New York State Clean Water/ Clean Air Bond Act funds which he helped secure for the project while a member of the New York State Assembly.
The Outer Harbor Greenbelt project consists of bank stabilization, environmental remediation, and the establishment of generous public access at the water’s edge on the property currently controlled by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) between the Festival Grounds of the Pier and the Bell Slip.
In addition to announcing the new funding, the Congressman called on the NFTA to accelerate the steps leading to the commencement of construction.
"With this additional funding component in place, there is no reason why this project cannot now be fast-tracked to completion," said Congressman Higgins.
With the final design and engineering work expected to be completed this Fall, followed by a formal bid process, the Congressman called for construction to begin as early as January, 2006.