The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) is beginning the scoping process for phase three of the removal of the Niagara Scenic Parkway, between Findlay Drive in the City of Niagara Falls and Center Street in the Village of Lewiston.
Over the course of the past decade State Parks, in coordination with NYS Department of Transportation, Empire State Development and the New York Power Authority have planned for and completed the removal of three miles of limited‐access expressway segments of the former Robert Moses Parkway (also known as the Niagara Scenic Parkway) along the Upper Niagara River (above the falls) and Niagara River Gorge rim/Lower Niagara River (below the falls).
Removal of the parkway has led to the development of additional trails, greenspace, and outdoor recreational opportunities while helping to reconnect Niagara Falls and Lewiston to their waterfronts.
The scoping process, which will be led by Bergmann (which has joined Colliers Engineering & Design), will consider broad alternatives for creating a sensitively configured transportation network along the Niagara Gorge, and will include traffic studies, environmental review, development of design alternatives and public engagement.
The entire scoping and preliminary design process is expected to wrap up by August 2025.
A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at in the Castellani Building at DeVeaux Woods State Park, 3160 DeVeaux Woods Drive in Niagara Falls, NY.
Project displays and staff will be available beginning at 5:30 pm with a presentation taking place at 6:30 pm.
While New York State Parks will be the lead agency, the City of Niagara Falls, the Town and Village of Lewiston, the New York State Department of Transportation, USA Niagara and the New York Power Authority will serve as partners.
More information about the project can be found at www.niagaraparkwayremoval.com