Several sites will be studied to identify best place for a new lift bridge over the Buffalo River
Funds are now in place to begin engineering studies on the best place to construct a lift-bridge that will connect the downtown Buffalo to the Outer Harbor.
Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra hailed the first step in a long process to build a new crossing over the Buffalo River. Last week, the Greater Buffalo Regional Niagara Transportation Council’s (GBNRTC) Transportation Projects Subcommittee approved Erie County’s proposal to study how and where best to replace the old Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge. Two million dollars in Federal Highway funds was designated by the GBNRTC to start the first phase of the project, which consists of an environmental study and preliminary engineering.
"For Western New York to reach our full waterfront potential we must develop new transportation infrastructure that draws people to the water's edge," said Congressman Higgins. "This is an important and necessary step on a path to creating a waterfront that's friendly to family and businesses."
“While many levels of government are focusing on developing the great potential of our Waterfront, gaining proper access is critical,” said Erie County Executive Giambra. “Replacing the Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge to improve access for traffic and pedestrians is an important piece to the overall plan. Thanks to the efforts of Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, the State DOT and the GBNRTC, this process can finally begin.”
The $2 million will be used to conduct the various studies as well as to investigate possible alternate locations for the bridge. Locations that have been considered include Michigan Avenue, Main Street and Erie Street.