Niagara Gazette

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December 7, 2012

Parkway changes coming?

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Hoyt said that he can't make any commitments on behalf of the regional council or Cuomo, but said the fact that so many of the elements of the design align with the vision outlined in the governor's billion dollar initiative make it a good candidate for funding from that pool of state money.

Replacing the expressway and promoting recreation in Western New York will continue to be a priority for the Cuomo administration, Hoyt said.

"Robert Moses did some great things in his day," Hoyt said. "This wasn't one of them."

The construction will take a little more than a year and is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014.

The south section reconfiguration plan was developed by officials from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Empire State Development Corp., the state-run USA Niagara Development Corp., the New York State Department of Transportation and the city of Niagara Falls.

The public will have an opportunity to offer its input on the proposal during a 30-day review period that will begin with an open house at the Conference and Events Center on Old Falls Street. Engineers and city and state officials will be on hand to answer questions during the session, which is scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday.

Also on Friday, state officials confirmed that the results of the scoping process for the north end of the parkway will be made public in January. Officials said they will present several options and, as was the case with the southern section, the public will have a 30-day window to provide input before a final plan is chosen.

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