Niagara Gazette

Opinion

February 9, 2014

GLYNN: Ceretto upset over plan to divert trucks

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Niagara Gazette — As concerned citizens know, the parkway need has been debated for decades. In 2006, a regional planner with the state Department of Transportation, accurately predicted the North Project — the plan then to remove the parkway from the Rainbow Bridge to the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge — would take years, if it happened at all. 

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ACROSS THE BORDER: Toronto also is dealing with a high profile road issue: what to do about a crumbling stretch of the Gardiner Expressway linked to the Queen Elizabeth Way. Mayor Rob Ford staunchly opposes any plan to tear it down. “I want to maintain it, just like most of Torontonians want it to be maintained,” the mayor said last week. In recent months, officials have been weighing options, from making repairs (estimated at $230 million) to removing the expressway and replacing it with another version that would provide space for parks and development ($610 million to $910 million). One bureaucrat said any project to tear it down would not likely happen for several years. Sound familiar?

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I don’t think this community is big enough for a food truck” — former Lewiston Mayor Richard Soluri, among the speakers at a meeting Monday, opposing a plan by a Ransomville businessman to operate a mobile food service in the village, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Terry Collesano, the current mayor, noted that many business owners along Center Street also objected to the proposal.

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TRIVIA QUIZ: The only tunnel in New York state that runs under the Erie Canal is located near Medina in Orleans County. (Answer to Thursday question)

Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246

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