Niagara Gazette

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March 20, 2013

Wednesday's the deadline for public comments on the three options for the Robert Moses Parkway

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For example, one of the two partial removal plans includes keeping one of the parkway lanes as a running and bike path instead of constructing new paths.

Dyster — who is a cyclist — said that cyclists and runners who use that section of the parkway now complain of the road conditions.

“From a cycling perspective it’s not a real good cycling trail,” Dyster said.

The mayor would encourage people of all opinions to get their comments in tomorrow, he said.

“This is the opportunity to make the case,” Dyster said. “It’s on the table. There’s still an opportunity for comments from all quarters.”

No funding source has been identified for the remaining phases of the removal project, which includes both the north and south sections of the parkway.

But officials working on the project at all levels of government have said that they are confident that a funding source will be identified by the time the project is ready to go out to bid.

U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D- Buffalo and Niagara Falls, began representing the Falls this year after winning his bid for the redrawn 26th Congressional District of New York.

In one of his first public appearances in the Cataract City after becoming its federal representative, Higgins called for the New York Power Authority to pay for part of the removal project.

He said that the power authority, which evicted the people who lived in where the road now runs and took the land through eminent domain — should contribute to the removal project, asking that they put $120 million towards the project during the January visit. He also cited the Niagara Power Project’s outsized contributions to the authority’s profits as a reason that NYPA should help fund the project.

“We have a rightful claim to that money,” Higgins said.

The email address to send comments to state parks is: Moses.Parkway.North@parks.ny.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

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