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February 11, 2013

State parks sets Feb. 20 meeting to discuss parkway options

Niagara Gazette — The findings of a state-sponsored review of various options for the future of the northern section of the Robert Moses Parkway will be revealed to the public on Feb. 20. 

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced Monday its plan to release the draft scoping report for the parkway north and Niagara Gorge Corridor project. The plan covers the area of the Robert Moses Parkway from Main Street in the City of Niagara Falls to the Village of Lewiston.

The details of the report will be made available during an open house that is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Cataract Room at the Conference Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.

The scoping process dates back to 2005, when officials from state parks, the state Department of Transportation, the state-run USA Niagara Development Corp. and the city of Niagara Falls agreed to open up the dialogue with residents in an effort to develop possible alternatives to the existing parkway.

An initial study created six alternatives, including leaving the roadway alone, modifying various sections or removing all four lanes between the Falls and Lewiston. 

State parks officials said the format of the open house will allow the public to review the alternatives derived from the scoping process and to have their questions answered by the state's consultants. Members of the public can also leave written comments. 

Additionally, copies of the plan will be available for review and comment beginning Feb. 20 at the following locations: Niagara Falls City Hall, the Earl W. Brydges Library,  village hall in the Village of Lewiston; town hall in Lewiston, the Porter/Youngstown Library and the Niagara Region Parks Administrative Office at Prospect Point in Niagara Falls State Park.

The report will also be available on line at http://nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/public-documents.aspx.

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