Public Notice:

2017 - 2021 Transporation Improvement Program Amendment #53

1.) City of Tonawanda Pedestrian Bridge Rehab Project

2.) Niagara River Greenway Connecting Trails

Public comments will be received through June 4, 2019

The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Erie and Niagara Counties, is proposing to amend the 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) by adding the following two (2) new projects:

1. Project Identification Number (PIN) 5763.57 City of Tonawanda Pedestrian Bridge Rehab Project

This historic Iron Trestle Bridge in the City of Tonawanda is in need of repair. The bridge is used for pedestrian and bike traffic only and serves as a vital link for travelers to use the Erie Canalway Trail, Tonawanda Rails to Trails and the Shoreline/Riverwalk Trail. The City will rehabilitate the historic iron trestle walk bridge spanning Ellicott Creek from Youngs St., and the Shoreline Trail to East Niagara Street and the Erie Canalway Trail through construction of a floor framing system including stringers and floor beams to make it safe for pedestrians and bike users.

Total cost for this project is $2.09M ($1.67M federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds (CMAQ) + 20% local match) and the project is scheduled to begin construction 10/2020. Fiscal constraint will be maintained as this is new funding to the region.

2. PIN 5763.58 Niagara River Greenway Connecting Trails (CNF)

A significant gap currently exists in the proposed Niagara River Greenway Trail along the Niagara River in the City of Niagara Falls. There are no pedestrian facilities, sidewalks or formal trails along the proposed route between Gratwick Park or between Cayuga Drive/Buffalo Ave and 67th Street. Connecting these trails will encourage recreational use of the waterfront from North Tonawanda, Wheatfield into Niagara Falls. The project will Construct 8 ft.-wide multi-use trail that will link existing trail segments of the Niagara River Greenway and Shoreline Trail to the City of Niagara Falls. Project includes wayfinding signage and interpretive signage. Locations include the Town of Wheatfield from the North side of River Rd. to Gratwick Park.

Total cost of the project is $4.73M ($3.1M federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-Flex) funds + local match ($0.763M from Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and $867K from Scenic Byways) and the project is scheduled to begin construction 11/2021. Fiscal constraint for both projects is maintained as TAP/CMAQ funding is new to the region.

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Public comments will be received through June 4, 2019 at staff@gbnrtc.org; in writing to GBNRTC Executive Director, 438 Main Street; Suite 503; Buffalo, NY 14202; or 716-856-2026.

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