Section of Robert Moses Parkway above Niagara Falls which Sen. Schumer seeks to put on fast track for removal
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Removal of the portion of the Robert Moses Parkway that has separated the City of Niagara Falls from the Niagara River and its scenic gorge for nearly 50 years will be undertaken by the State of New York, said Congressman Brian Higgins in a statement issued by his office Wednesday afternoon.
Plans call for replacement of the four-lane highway with a slower, more scenic parkway. Portions of the roadway would be removed and traffic would move on to a rebuilt Whirlpool Street.
The full text of Higgins' statement:
"This is a huge step forward in the desperately needed effort to reconnect the City of Niagara Falls with its waterfront. Niagara Falls is an icon recognized worldwide, matched only by natural treasures along the likes of the Grand Canyon. Yet, the home community for the Falls is struggling, to say the least. This city deserves to reap the economic benefits of all the grandness the Falls provides.
"Niagara Falls deserves a waterfront it can be proud of and the New York Power Authority has the means and the responsibility to swiftly move this from a review to results. NYPA planned it, they built it and they still own this property today. This is a good start but NYPA must be a willing partner working to get this done."
Last month, Higgins called on the New York Power Authority to cover the cost of removing the Parkway. No mention of a timetable for construction to begin was made in the statement.