Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement today regarding the construction of a new tree-lined parkway on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Waterfront:
“Buffalo has been waiting for fifty years for access to the Outer Harbor waterfront, and in the 2008 construction season they will see the construction of an easy-to-navigate, two-way, tree-lined parkway which will provide this access for the first time. This project has been the subject of fifteen years of study and public comment, is fully permitted and fully funded at $55 million, and Buffalonians will not tolerate delay in the construction of the waterfront parkway they deserve.
The Parkway which will be constructed next year provides better linkages to the surface-level bridge for which I will seek funding in the coming years to link downtown directly to the Outer Harbor. This bridge will work well if it is linked to a two-way parkway, rather than a disjointed system of one-way road segments called for in the boulevard alternative.”