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February 11, 2013

State parks sets Feb. 20 meeting to discuss parkway options

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Niagara Gazette — Written comments on the plan can be submitted until March 20 to: Thomas Donohue, 40 LaRiviere Dr, Buffalo, NY 14202 or via email to Thomas.donohue@parsons.com.

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:

• Alternative 1, which calls for the complete restoration of all four lanes of traffic for the entire parkway

• Alternative 2, which calls for the completion of the parkway’s pilot program to reduce from four to two lanes — closing the southbound lanes —throughout the Lewiston and Youngstown stretches of the parkway and reducing the speed limit.

• Alternative 3, which calls for the parkway to be removed between Main Street and Findlay Drive and creation of two-lane traffic from the city through to Center Street in Lewiston, while keeping the rest of the parkway the way it currently exists as four-lane traffic from Lewiston to termination in Porter. It also calls for the removal of the Whirlpool Bridge overpass.

• Alternative 4, which calls for removal between Main Street and Findlay Drive, including the Whirlpool Bridge overpass, while eliminating the parkway at the New York Power Authority, accomplished by merging traffic with Lewiston Road through roundabouts both at Devil’s Hole State Park and the bridge crossing.

• Alternative 5, which also eliminates traffic by the Power Authority, closes the parkway between Findlay Drive and Main Street — including the bridge overpass — and creates two lanes of traffic through Devil’s Hole State Park. From the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, traffic would take Lewiston Road to Center Street, while a road would provide escarpment access with no thru-traffic.

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