Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy said Tuesday that plans for an Ohio Street parkway have suffered no delays or missed deadlines and are on target to secure $5.1 million in federal funds within the required time period.
A continuous series of steps that Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. began in October 2011 will result in the selection of a design firm for the 1.4-mile parkway Oct. 5, according to the waterfront agency's timetable. The July 30, 2013, target date for design completion would allow the city to receive the federal dollars that are part of $8 million from Washington expected to go toward the project.
"We are making real progress on turning Ohio Street into a riverfront parkway that provides a key link between Buffalo's inner and outer harbors," Duffy said in a statement. "So far, the project has been completely on schedule, and thanks to federal commitments, we are perfectly positioned to receive the funding we need to transform this underutilized corridor into a pedestrian-friendly gateway to the outer harbor and the Buffalo River neighborhood."
Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, who has made improvements to Ohio Street a major priority, expressed concern last week that the project could miss out on the federal funds if there were delays.